For the first time since her marriage dissolved with Brittney Griner, as Griner announced that she filed for an annulment on June 5, Glory Johnson has spoken publicly via email. She has decided to indeed stay in Tulsa and plans on keeping the baby, per multiple reports.
Here's an excerpt:
''I am truly really saddened by the recent turn of events and was not expecting to have our marriage end so abruptly,'' she wrote. ''I am ready to begin focusing on my health, pregnancy and am going to remain in Tulsa to continue to build my relationship with the Tulsa Shock organization, and my teammates. I appreciate the support of my fans, family and loved ones and look forward to returning to the basketball court as soon as I can.''
The pair was married on May 9, three weeks after they were arrested on domestic violence charges for a fight at their home in suburban Phoenix. Both players were suspended seven games after their arrests, and Griner agreed to undergo 26 weeks of domestic violence counseling as part of a plea agreement.
Johnson said she felt compelled to respond to rumors surrounding the pair's relationship.
''I would like to address the inaccurate statements released surrounding my marriage and pregnancy, so that I can continue, after this statement, to focus on my privacy and allow our lawyers to handle this situation,'' she said.
Johnson said she was impregnated via in vitro fertilization with her egg and a donor's sperm. In court documents, Griner said she has no biological connection with the baby, and she is uncertain how long Johnson has been pregnant.
''At no stage was Brittney pressured to undertake the fertility process,'' Johnson's statement said. ''In fact, throughout the entire process, Brittney was a willing participant, consenting and signing all the necessary documents that needed to be signed in order to move forward with the treatments.''
Johnson was an All-Star last season.