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Who is Brittney Griner?

Brittney Yevette Griner aka Brittney Griner is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Mercury of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). She played college basketball for the Baylor Lady Bears in Waco, Texas. She is the only NCAA basketball player to both score 2,000 points and block 500 shots. In 2012, the three-time All-American was named the AP Player of the Year and the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four.

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Brittney Griner pleads guilty to drug charges

Brittney Griner pleaded guilty to drug charges as her trial continued in Russian court on Thursday, admitting to bringing cannabis into the country but saying she had packed in a hurry and did not intend to break the law.

The Phoenix Mercury Center and Olympic medalist could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

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Brittney Griner Biography, Wikipedia

Brittney Griner is the daughter of Raymond and Sandra Griner. Her father is a former Harris County sheriff and Marine veteran who served in Vietnam in 1968 and 1969. She has three older siblings.

Brittney Griner attended Nimitz High School in Houston. In addition to lettering in basketball throughout high school, she played varsity volleyball as a freshman. Starting in her sophomore year, Griner practiced with the boys’ basketball team, and worked with a Nimitz football coach to develop her leg strength in preparation for learning to dunk. During her junior season, a YouTube video featuring her dunks was watched more than 2.7 million times, leading to a meeting with Shaquille O’Neal.

Griner was named a WBCA All-American and participated in the 2009 WBCA High School All-America Game, leading the team by scoring 20 points and collecting 9 rebounds.

Real NameBrittney Yevette Griner
Nickname Brittney Griner
Profession American professional basketball player
Current TeamPhoenix Mercury
Martial StatusMarried
Husband/Boyfriend NameCherelle Griner (m. 2019), Glory Johnson (m. 2015–2016)
Physical Status 
Age (approx)31 Years Old (approx)
Height (approx)In meters- 2.06 m (approx)
Weight (approx)In Kilograms- 93 kg (approx)
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
Personal Information
Date of Birth 18 October 1990
Birth PlaceHouston, Texas, United States
NationalityAmerican
School NameNimitz (Houston, Texas)
College NameBaylor (2009–2013)
QualificationsGraduated
Family Status
Father NameRaymond Griner
Mother NameSandra Griner
SiblingsShkera Griner, Decarlo Griner, Pier Griner
Career 
Source Of IncomeBasketball Player
Salary (approx) $17 million USD (approx)
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Brittney Griner Career

Griner played college basketball at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. As a freshman, Griner’s 223 blocked shots set the all-time single-season record, establishing her as one of the greatest shot blockers in women’s basketball history. On December 16, 2009, Griner recorded Baylor’s first triple-double with 34 points, 13 rebounds, and Big 12 Conference record 11 blocked shots. In January 2010, she became only the seventh player to dunk during a women’s college basketball game,[22] and only the second woman to dunk twice in a single college game, making the second and third dunks of her college career in a lopsided 99–18 victory against Texas State University.

The only international female players surpassing her height are the late Margo Dydek, at 7 feet 2 inches (2.18 m), Bernadett Határ, at 6 feet 10.5 inches (2.096 m), and Han Xu, at 6 feet 10 inches (2.08 m).

In the 2013 WNBA Draft, the Phoenix Mercury selected Griner as the first overall pick. Griner would flourish in her rookie season, being named a WNBA all-star and would be a dominant defensive force in the league, averaging 3.0 blocks per game. In her debut on May 27, 2013, against Chicago Sky, Griner equaled the WNBA dunk record, recording two dunks to equal Candace Parker’s career total. She thus became the third WNBA player to dunk and first to do so twice in one game. Despite the All-Star vote, Griner missed the 2013 WNBA All-Star Game with a right knee injury, she was replaced by Tina Thompson.

The 2020 season was delayed and shortened to 22 games in a bubble at IMG Academy due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After 12 games played, it was announced that Griner had to leave the bubble for undisclosed personal reasons. Without Griner, the Mercury finished 13–9 as the number 5 seed. They would make it as far as the second round where they lost to the Minnesota Lynx in the elimination game.

Overseas

Griner plays overseas in the WNBA off-season. In the 2013–14 off-season, she played in China for the Zhejiang Golden Bulls of the WCBA where she signed a four-month contract for $600,000, which was 12 times the amount she made in her rookie season with the Mercury. In the 2014–15 and 2015–16 off-seasons, Griner played in Russia for UMMC Ekaterinburg with teammate Diana Taurasi, winning back-to-back championships.In August 2016, Griner re-signed with UMMC Ekaterinburg for the 2016–17 off-season. In 2017, she re-signed once again with UMMC Ekaterinburg for the 2017–18 off-season, and in 2018, she returned to UMMC Ekaterinburg for a fifth stint in the 2018–19 off-season.

National Team Career

In September 2011, Griner spent two weeks playing under coach Geno Auriemma for the U.S. national team as part of its European training tour. Griner was the only college player in the group. She averaged 12.8 points and 7.3 rebounds a game with the U.S. team in Europe.

Griner was the sole player still playing in college on the 2012 U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team finalists roster. Excluding Griner, the average age on the finalists roster was approximately 30 years, while Griner was 22 years old at the time of the Olympics. Griner decided in April 2012 not to participate in the 2012 Olympics due to family illness and her school schedule.

In 2016, she played for the U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team at the Summer Olympics and earned her first Olympic gold medal as they beat Spain 101–72 in the final, becoming one of 11 players who have earned an Olympic gold medal, FIBA World Cup gold medal, WNBA title, and NCAA title, joining Sue Bird, Swin Cash, Tamika Catchings, Cynthia Cooper, Asjha Jones, Maya Moore, Breanna Stewart, Sheryl Swoopes, Diana Taurasi, and Kara Wolters on the list.

Griner was selected for her second Olympics in 2021, going undefeated and winning the gold medal as part of Team USA.

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Brittney Griner Personal life

In an interview with SI.com on February 11, 2013, Griner publicly came out as a lesbian. She also revealed in the interview that she was bullied as a child, explaining, “It’s hard. Just being picked on for being different. Just being bigger, my sexuality, everything.” She said she is very passionate about working with children in order to bring attention to the issue of bullying, particularly against LGBT people. Griner had previously come out to her parents in high school, which her father did not accept gracefully, forcing her to live with an assistant coach for six weeks during her senior year. She would later write a memoir with Sue Hovey addressing bullying and self-acceptance, In My Skin: My Life On and Off the Basketball Court, published in 2014.

In a 2019 interview with People, Griner stated, “People tell me I’m going to break the barrier and trailblaze. I just kind of look at it like, I’m just trying to help out, I’m just trying to make it not as tough for the next generation.” In 2013, Griner was featured on the cover of ESPN Magazine. She appeared in “The Taboo Issue”. She is pictured holding a snake, which is her favorite animal because they are “misunderstood”. She says, “You just have to look at it in a different way.”

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How old is Brittney Griner?

Brittney Griner is 31 years old as of 2022.

How rich is Brittney Griner?

Brittney Griner has net worth of $17 million.

Who is Brittney Griner Husband?

Brittney Griner has married twice Cherelle Griner (m. 2019) and Glory Johnson (m. 2015–2016).

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