Glory Johnson is a basketball player known for playing as a striker for the Dallas Wings of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). She is also popular as the ex-wife of WNBA player Brittney Griner.
The beautiful and experienced player was born on July 27, 1990, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She is the youngest of five children born to her parents Mercy Bassey Bassey Johnson and Bassey Johnson Udofot in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She has four siblings – one brother and three sisters – and is the youngest of five children born to her parents Mercy Bassey Johnson and Bassey Johnson Udofot.
Johnson started playing basketball at a very early age. She is a graduate of the Webb School of Knoxville and the University of Tennessee, where she earned a degree in Global Studies and a master’s degree in Communications.
Before being drafted by the Tulsa Shock to finish fourth in the 2012 WNBA Draft overall, she played with the University of Tennessee Lady Vols, where she played 36 double-doubles during her college career.
She was also part of the team that represented the USA at the 2011 World University Games in Shenzhen, China, where the ladies won all six games and won the gold medal. During the championship, she scored 6.2 points per game with nine steals, which earned her second place in the team.
WNBA Career and Net Worth
Her professional career began in 2012 when the Tulsa Shock took her into the overall standings for the fourth time in the 2012 WNBA Draft. Johnson began her rookie season with a very impressive fourth place in steals per game, and in her second and third seasons, she was called up to the Western Conference All-Star Team.
She was on maternity leave for the entire 2015 WNBA season and returned to the next season (2016) just one month later, only to be suspended after a domestic violence incident with Brittney Griner. When she returned after the suspension, Tulsa Shock had moved to Dallas and was renamed Dallas Wings. So she signed with the team again during the voluntary period and this season she averaged 11.3 ppg in 18 games with 6 starts.
In her comeback season, she also scored the league’s 16th 20-point rebound, scoring 23 points and rebounding 22 with a win over Phoenix Mercury. The next season (2017), Glory Johnson continued double passes in rebounds and points as she had in her previous career days.
She also played internationally. From 2012 to 2015 she played three away games for two different Russian teams: Nadezhda Orenburg and Chevakata Vologda. In November 2016, Glory signed a contract with the Xinjiang Tianshan Deers of the WCBA for the 2016-17 post-season. The women’s professional basketball player has estimated net assets of $12 million, which is the income she has generated from her career.
Is Glory Johnson Gay? Her Twins, Boyfriend
Johnson was married to his WNBA colleague Brittney Griner. Until then, Johnson, unlike her ex-partner Griner, never came out as a homosexual; she simply met Griner, fell in love with her, and the two of them tied the knots.
In an interview with Cosmopolitan, the WNBA star said before meeting Griner that she only dated men and was in love with men and that she had just ended a relationship with a guy she dated in college just before she met Griner at a basketball camp in 2013.
After their meeting in 2013, the couple announced their engagement in August 2014. Barely a month before their wedding, which took place on May 8, 2015, the couple was arrested by police on April 22, 2015, for physically assaulting each other, both of whom suffered minor injuries after the incident.
They were married one month after the incident, and one month after the wedding the couple announced in June 2015 that Johnson was pregnant and that she would miss the 2015 WNBA season. Surprisingly, Griner filed for divorce the next day, citing infidelity. According to her, Glory Johnson had texted an “ex-beaut” during her engagement and had tried to postpone the wedding several times.
She also claimed that Johnson had sexual relations with a man she was apparently secretly with when they were still together. The divorce was finalized in June 2016.
On October 12, 2015, Johnson received twin girls (Ava Simone and Solei Diem) who arrived 16 weeks early. The twins had some health complications, including one that required heart surgery, but on February 1, 2016, they were healthy and able to leave the hospital.
Griner is not biologically linked to the twins, as Johnson was found to have become pregnant through IVF using her egg and the sperm of a donor. The female basketball star has since lived her life after the bitter divorce from her ex-wife and found love with a new boyfriend named Christopher Fry, who lives in Seymour, Tennessee.
How Tall Is Glory Johnson? – Height
The Power forward of the Dallas Wings isn’t one of the tallest in the WNBA especially when compared to her ex Brittney Griner who stands at 6 feet 9 inches, but she is arguably tall standing at a height of 6 ft 3 inch, and weighing 170 lbs.