Who is Brittney Griner's wife Cherelle Griner? | The Sun

WNBA player, Brittney Griner joined the Phoenix Mercury basketball team in 2013.

She met her wife, Cherelle Griner, while they both attended Baylor University as undergraduates.

Who is Brittney Griner's wife Cherelle Griner?

Brittney Griner, 31, married Cherelle Watson, 28, who has since changed her name to Cherelly Griner, in June 2019.

According to her LinkedIn page, Cherelle attended Baylor University between 2010 and 2014 and majored in political science and government while minoring in family and child studies.

She graduated from the North Carolina Central University of Law in May 2022, and shared her accomplishment on social media.

"It’s graduation day. Name just got a little longer: Cherelle T. Griner, J.D.," she wrote.


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Although Cherelle met Brittney while attending Baylor University in Texas, the couple didn't date until years later after Brittney split from her now ex-wife Glory Johnson in 2016.

Brittney proposed to Cherelle in 2018 and wrote in a post on Instagram, "I will never forget the first time I said I love you and I will never forget when you said YES! My best friend, my lover, my partner in life. I love you."

They got married a year later and in a 2020 post on Instagram, Brittney reflected on the first time they met, sharing her love for her wife.

"I will never forget the day I met you at Baylor in the sub area!” Brittney wrote.

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“You tapped me on my shoulder and told me I took your milkshake (still up for debate lol) and I was immediately blown away at your beauty!

"You had no idea but I knew you were the one for me baby. You stuck by my side at the lowest and at the highest!”

Who is Brittney Griner?

Brittney was born on October 18, 1990, in Houston, Texas.

She is a professional basketball player who plays center for the WNBA team, Phoenix Mercury.

During her college days, she played in the NCAA for the Baylor Lady Bears in Waco, Texas.

While attending the university, Brittney was the only NCAA basketball player to score 2,000 points and blocked 500 shots.

Brittney has won numerous awards including the WNBA Championship in 2014, a WNBA Scoring Champion in 2017 and 2019, and several others.

Her most notable awards include winning two gold medals with the USA Team at the 2016 Olympics held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the 2020 Olympics held in Tokyo, Japan.

According to Celebrity Net Worth, she has an estimated net worth of about $3million and her source of wealth is reportedly from her career as a professional basketball player.

Why is Brittney Griner detained in Russia?

Brittney was detained in Russia when she was passing through security at an airport near Moscow on February 7, 2022.

Airport security found with hashish oil in vape cartriges in her bag and accused Brittney of trying to smuggle drugs into the country.

She has been in a Moscow jail since February and was charged with drug smuggling.

Reuters reported on July 7 that Brittney pleaded guilty to the drug charge and said she unintentionally broke the law.

"I'd like to plead guilty, your honor. But there was no intent. I didn't want to break the law," Brittney told the judge during the trial.

She added, "I'd like to give my testimony later. I need time to prepare."

Brittney appealed to President Joe Biden, asking him to come to her aid and bring her home.

"I realize you are dealing with so much, but please don't forget about me and the other American detainees…" she wrote. "Please do all you can to bring us home."

Biden spoke with Cherelle in a call on July 6, telling her he would work to have her wife released.

The White House said in a statement, "The President called Cherelle to reassure her that he is working to secure Brittney's release as soon as possible, as well as the release of Paul Whelan and other U.S. nationals who are wrongfully detained or held hostage in Russia and around the world."

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The next court hearing is scheduled for July 14 and could last six months, during which time Brittney will remain in jail.

If convicted, Brittney faces up to ten years in Russian prison.

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