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Brittney Griner enters diverson program

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Phoenix Mercury center, Brittney Griner, has entered a diversion program this week after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct, per reports. She will attend 26 weeks of domestic violence counseling.

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Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner has entered a diversion program, after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct, according to multiple reports. Last week, Griner and her fiancee' Glory Johnson were arrested on assault charges and disorderly conduct. Here is part of the report from the Houston Chronicle:

Former Nimitz star and current Phoenix Mercury player Brittney Griner has entered a diversion program after being arrested on suspicion of assault and disorderly conduct last Wednesday, her attorney David Michael Cantor said Tuesday.

Griner pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, but that plea will be ignored while she attends 26 weeks of domestic violence counseling. All charges will be dismissed if she completes the counseling successfully.

"It is never okay for an argument to turn physical," Griner said in a statement released through her attorney. "This will never happen again, and I take my relationship and my responsibility as a role model seriously. I am committed to making positive changes and I plan to use what I have learned to set a good example and help make a difference in the world around me."

By going into this diversion program, Griner can avoid the penalties of her guilty plea once she completes the program.