Thursday Brittney Griner and her fiancée Glory Johnson were arrested after a domestic violence altercation. Both women were eventually released from jail, but the incident left many people wondering if a blind eye is turned to domestic violence in LGBT couples.
“Intimate partner violence among LGBT couples is also a huge problem that gets considerably less attention,” Jamilah King wrote in “Women Pro Athletes Have a Domestic Violence Problem Too.” “… Last summer, they announced their engagement on Instagram. But as the details of this week’s ordeal emerge, the couple also shows that intimate partner violence within same-sex relationships is a problem that must be confronted.”
I remember in college a friend of mine was in a same-sex relationship with another woman. Their relationship was the most tumultuous one I’ve ever seen, but no one paid attention to the level of violence they exhibited in public. The fights and hair snatching, that even occurred in front of campus police, only garnered laughs.
Griner’s attorney released a statement about the altercation.
“The last few months have been an extremely stressful time for Brittney and Glory. They will continue to work through these hardships together and ask that the media respect their privacy as they handle this family matter,” David Michael Cantor said in a statement released Thursday. “Glory and Brittney sincerely apologize for the distraction this has caused their families, respective teams, the WNBA, sponsors and fans.”
Since various sports leagues, like the NFL, have domestic violence rules and initiatives already on the ‘books’, maybe it’s about time the WNBA does the same.
Domestic violence isn’t a laughing matter, regardless if it’s coming from a heterosexual relationship or same-sex relationship.