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WNBA Star Brittney Griner and Fiancée Glory Johnson Arrested for Assault, Disorderly Conduct

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Brittney Griner was arrested alongside her WNBA star finacee Glory Johnson on Wednesday on suspicion of assault and disorderly conduct, TMZ reports:

Law enforcement sources tell us cops were called to Griner's home around 4:30 PM on Wednesday -- after receiving a call about a domestic dispute between the two women. 

When cops arrived, we're told officers observed "minor physical injuries" on both Brittney and Glory. 

The two were released early Thursday morning. Griner proposed to Johnson back in August 2014. 

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Outsports Names Brittney Griner 'Female Athlete of the Year'

Outsports has named WNBA star Brittney Griner its "Female Athlete of the Year," citing her memorable year both on and off the court. 

GrinerWrites Jim Buzinski:

What a year for the WNBA's Brittney Griner. Last year she entered the league as the overall No. 1 draft choice of the Phoenix Mercury and did not disappoint. She was the defensive player of the year in 2014 and set a record for blocked shots. She was a key cog as the Mercury won this year's WNBA title.

Off the court, Griner has been a great inspiration as an out-and-proud openly lesbian athlete. After leaving Baylor, she is totally free to be herself and this summer announced her engagement to fellow WNBA player Glory Johnson.

Read the full post and vote for your own favorite out athlete here

[photo via Out]


WNBA Becomes First Pro Sports League to Debut Marketing Campaign Specifically for LGBT Fans: VIDEO

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Earlier this week, the WNBA launched a marketing campaign to help recruit LGBT fans to its games, becoming the first professional sports league to do so.

The AP reports:

The effort, which begins with the launch of a website Wednesday, includes having teams participate in local pride festivals and parades, working with advocacy groups to raise awareness of inclusion through grassroots events, and advertising with lesbian media. A nationally televised pride game will take place between Tulsa and Chicago on Sunday, June 22. All 12 teams will also have some sort of pride initiative over the course of the season.

"For us it's a celebration of diversity and inclusion and recognition of an audience that has been with us very passionately," WNBA President Laurel Richie said. "This is one of those moments in the 'W' where everybody comes together."

Screen Shot 2014-05-24 at 2.48.41 PMBrittney Griner, one of the handful of openly gay WNBA athletes, praised the new campaign and said she plans on wearing rainbow-colored shoes during the month of June in support of the initiative.

"I'm so glad that we're finally making a push to the LGBT community who is a strong supporter of the WNBA," said Griner, who served as grand marshal of the Phoenix Pride parade last season. "Our league being the first to make that push and bring more attention to it is great. We'll pave the way and show its fine and there's nothing wrong with it. More sports need to do it. It's 2014, it's about time."

Check out the AP interview with Griner, AFTER THE JUMP...

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WNBA Players Receive Personal Fouls After On-Court Kiss: VIDEO

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Nothing but a little friendly competition right? Context via USA Today:

Diana Taurasi and Seimone Augustus were defending each other during Thursday night's WNBA conference finals game between the Minnesota Lynx and the Phoenix Mercury. As the commentators note, Taurasi and Augustus have known each other for a very long time and there is genuine affection to complement the competition.

Apparently, that affection crossed the line for the referee Thursday night. Both players were called for fouls after squaring up and then pecking each other on the cheek.

Seemed pretty harmless to me.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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WNBA Player Sophia Young Speaks Out Against Gay Marriage, San Antonio LGBT Protections

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Sophia Young, a star player with the WNBA's Silver Stars of San Antonio, was one of the hundreds who prayed against an LGBT anti-discrimination bill at San Antonio City Hall yesterday.

She posted a photo of herself on Twitter yesterday holding up a placard reading "Vote No". Given what she tweeted, however, she seemed to think that the anti-discrimination bill, to be voted on by the San Antonio City Council in early September, would also somehow legalize same-sex marriage.

Tweeted Young: "My vote is still No... San Antonio should not allows Same sex marriages."

It was her second tweet in a day about the issue. The first read, "Should San Antonio be a city that allows same sex marriage?? I vote NO."


Out Lesbian Player Brittney Griner Breaks WNBA Dunks Record in Her First Game: VIDEO

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Brittney Griner, the top WNBA draft pick who came out of the closet in April, broke the WNBA's dunks record in her first game, NBC Sports reports:

The biggest name to hit the WNBA in years didn’t disappoint in her first game — she became the first WNBA player ever to dunk twice in one game (she is only third player in the league ever to dunk). Griner had 17 points and 3 rebounds in her debut.

Griner's team, the Phoenix Mercury, lost 102-80 to the Chicago Sky.

Watch Griner dunk, AFTER THE JUMP...

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