Tulsa Shock forward Glory Johnson is seeking $20,000 in monthly spousal support and an advanced attorney's fee of $10,000 from her estranged spouse, Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner.
The Glory Johnson and Brittney Griner saga is far from over.
According to a July 14 update from espnW.com's Mechelle Voepel, Johnson is seeking $20,000 in monthly spousal support fees plus an aditional advance attorney's fee of $10,000.
In addition, Johnson is requesting Griner to continue paying for a Merceds Benz car which the latter bought her, per espnW.
Voepel obtained the information from Maricopa County, Arizona court documents dated June 29.
Voepel says "an evidentiary hearing is set for Aug. 17 at Maricopa County Central Building in Phoenix in regard to Griner's petition and Johnson's counter-petition."
The June 29 court documents include a written statement from Johnson's lawyer, Stasy Click. She wrote her client is "without the necessary financial means to pay for legal representation in this matter" and that Griner has "far superior control over the family's financial resources," per espnW.
Both WNBA players' attorneys did not return phone calls made by Voepel.
The espnW update says Johnson and Griner were married on May 8, just 16 days after they figured in a domestic violence incident at their Arizona residence.
According to The Tulsa World's Mike Brown, Johnson and Griner were arrested "on misdemeanor charges of assault and disorderly conduct" after their argument turned into a physical confrontation.
Griner's assault charges were dropped after she agreed to undergo 26 weeks of counseling as part of an agreement which would result in her domestic violence charge being expunged, per Brown.
Johnson, who pleaded not guilty to both charges, expressed her disapproval of Griner's assault charges being dropped in an interview with Sports Ilustrated (via The Tulsa World). She maintained she was not the aggressor during her April 22 confrontation with Griner.
Brown says the WNBA suspended both players for seven games on May 15.
Johnson announced on June 4 she will sit out the 2015 WNBA season because she is pregnant, per espnW.
Back then, Johnson told the Tulsa Shock (via The Tulsa World) about her dreams of starting her own family:
"It has always been a dream of mine to start a family with someone I love. Being a professional athlete that plays year round, there is never a perfect time to get pregnant without putting my career on hold.
"Right now, I not only have my health to worry about, but also the health of this little one resting inside me. Rest assured, I will be back next season, stronger and more ready to play than ever."
The very next day, Griner filed for annulment of their marriage saying she was "pressured into marriage under duress by Johnson's threatening statements," per Voepel.
Griner claims she did not know when Johnson underwent in vitro fertilization (IVF). She also added her union to Johnson was "based on fraud" and that they both acquired "minimal community property and incurred minimal community debts during their three-week marriage," per espnW.
In her petition, Griner stresses both parties are capable of shouldering spousal support and attorney fees. However, Griner claims she should be able to avail of more reasonable attorney's fees in the event of "unreasonable" claims by her former spouse, per Voepel.
For her part, Johnson reasoned out that her leave of absence from the WNBA and her inability to play basketball overseas because of her pregnancy have hampered her financially, per espnW.
Furthermore, Johnson reveals expenses for her wedding, her Arizona home with Griner and her IVF procedure have depleted her financial reserves, per Voepel.
Johnson says in the June 29 court documents her "high-risk multiple pregnancy" prevents her from seeking employment aside from basketball. She stressed she aims to play for the Shock again but needs "household assistance, personal trainers and medical care not covered by her current insurance," per espnW.
The Shock retains Johnson's contract rights. The WNBA also gave them a roster exception last month so they can add another player to replace her, per The Tulsa World.
Shock president Steve Swetoha told Brown last month that Johnson will receive a part of her salary for the 2015 WNBA season. She will become a restricted free agent after the current campaign.
As for Griner, WNBA fans voted her to start for the Western Conference in this year's All-Star Game. Her 7,138 fan votes placed her second among the West's frontcourt players behind the Minnesota Lynx's Maya Moore, who garnered 13,706 votes, per AZCentral.com's Tyler Killian.
"It's such an honor to be voted in again," Griner (17.8 PPG, 3.8 BPG) told Killian on Tuesday. "It's great to be recognized by the fans like that and I look forward to putting on a show."
The 2015 WNBA All-Star Game will be at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Ct. on July 25.
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