Brittney Griner

Brittney Griner

Personal Information

Full Name Brittney Yvette Griner
Date of Birth October 18, 1990
Age 33
Nationality American
Height 6 foot 9 inches
Weight 205lb, 93kg
Father Raymond Griner
Mother Sandra Griner

Brittney Griner: A Brief Biography

Brittney Griner
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Brittney Yvette Griner is a seasoned basketball player for the Phoenix Mercury in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), where she has established herself as a dominant centre. Currently, she is a highly decorated player in the WNBA, akin to a superstar, earning the maximum salary.


Griner is a two-time Olympic gold medalist with the U.S. women's national basketball team and a six-time WNBA All-Star, having won a championship with the Phoenix Mercury in 2014. She was selected as the number one overall pick by the Phoenix Mercury in the 2013 WNBA draft. As her career progressed, her popularity soared, leading to her being named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2023.


In the 2024 regular season, Brittney Griner showcased her impressive skills on the court, averaging 19.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 0.2 steals per game.


Brittney Griner's Early Life

Brittney Griner was the youngest of four siblings, Brittney was born in 1990. At that time, her family had settled in Houston’s Bellewood area, where they lived until she reached seventh grade. After that Griner went to Nimitz High School in Houston, where she excelled in basketball, and improved her athletic ability throughout high school. During her freshman year, Griner also played varsity volleyball. Starting in her sophomore year, she practised with the boys' basketball team and collaborated with a football coach at Nimitz to build her leg strength.


Brittney Griner's Personal Life

Brittney Griner has openly identified as a lesbian and revealed that she was bullied during her childhood. She is deeply dedicated to combating bullying, particularly against LGBT youth. On February 17, 2022, Griner encountered a significant ordeal when she was arrested for drug smuggling in Russia and detained at Sheremetyevo International Airport. Furthermore, in 2014, she was involved in a domestic violence incident with her first wife, Glory Johnson, which led to her arrest.


Brittney Griner's Family Background

Brittney Griner is the daughter of Raymond and Sandra Griner. She has three older siblings: Decarlo, Shkera, and Pier Griner. Her father served as a Harris County deputy sheriff and is a two-tour Vietnam War veteran, while her mother was a homemaker. Griner has acknowledged that her mother showed great patience in dealing with her boundless energy and mischievous behaviour.


Brittney Griner's Partner

Brittney Griner's partner is Cherelle T. Griner, an advocate and teacher. The couple started dating in 2016 and got engaged in 2018, eventually marrying in 2019. They have been together ever since. Cherelle is Griner's second wife; her first marriage was to American basketball player Glory Johnson in 2015, but they separated after one year.


Brittney Griner's Kids

In April 2024, Brittney and Cherelle Griner announced on Instagram that they were expecting their first child.


Brittney Griner's Social Media

Brittney Griner is active on major social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and X (formerly known as Twitter). She has a significant fan following, particularly for her contributions to basketball and her advocacy for gender equality. On Instagram, she has 731k followers under the handle @brittneyyevettegriner. On Facebook, she has 406k followers, and on X, she has 108.6k followers under the handle @brittneygriner.


Brittney Griner's Net Worth

As of June 2024, Brittney Griner’s net worth is $5 million. At her salary peak in the WNBA, she earned the league maximum of $227,000 per year. Like many top WNBA players, Griner has supplemented her income by playing overseas, where the pay can be substantially higher. In 2014, she earned $600,000 for a three-month contract with a Chinese team. In recent years, her earnings have increased to around $1.5 million annually from playing in Russia.


Brittney Griner Brand Ambassador

Companies like Nike, Gatorade, and Beats by Dre have selected Brittney Griner as their ambassador.


Brittney Griner's Career Stats

YearTeamGPMPGFG%RPGAPGSPGPPG
2013Phoenix2725.9.5566.31.00.414.5
2014Phoenix3430.7.5788.01.60.615.6
2015Phoenix2630.7.5658.11.30.315.1
2016Phoenix3429.2.5486.51.00.314.5
2017Phoenix2631.5.5777.61.90.621.9
2018Phoenix3432.6.5447.72.10.520.5
2019Phoenix3132.8.5647.22.40.720.7°
2020Phoenix1231.8.4977.53.00.317.7
2021Phoenix3032.8.5759.52.70.420.5
2023Phoenix3127.6.5626.32.20.517.5


Brittney Griner's Achievements

Brittney Griner has achieved numerous accolades in her illustrious WNBA career, starting with a championship win in 2014 for the Phoenix Mercury. Griner has been selected as a WNBA All-Star nine times. She led the league in scoring in 2017 and 2019 and was the WNBA blocks leader for eight seasons, from 2013 to 2019 and again in 2021. Griner earned the WNBA Peak Performer award twice, in 2017 and 2019, and was named to the All-WNBA First Team three times, in 2014, 2019, and 2021.


She also made the All-WNBA Second Team in 2015, 2017, and 2018. She also got the WNBA Defensive Player of the Year award in 2014 and 2015. Additionally, she was named to the WNBA All-Defensive First Team three times and the All-Defensive Second Team four times. Griner's outstanding rookie season earned her a spot on the WNBA All-Rookie Team in 2013, and she was honoured as a member of the WNBA 25th Anniversary Team in 2021.


Brittney Griner has also achieved remarkable success internationally. She is a three-time Russian National League champion, winning titles from 2015 to 2017. Additionally, Griner has secured four EuroLeague championships in 2016, 2018, 2019, and 2021. She also added a Russian Cup victory to her impressive list of achievements in 2017. These international accomplishments highlight her dominance and versatility on the basketball court, further cementing her status as one of the sport's top players.


Brittney Griner's Contract

Brittney Griner has agreed to a one-year deal with the Phoenix Mercury, valued at $150,000, all of which is guaranteed. In 2024, she will earn a base salary of $150,000, with the same amount reflecting both the cap hit and the dead cap value.


Brittney Griner's House

Brittney Griner owns a spacious home in Phoenix, Arizona, covering more than 3,000 square feet. She acquired the property for $475,000, and For now, the combined value of the land and the impressive house is estimated to be nearly $900,000.


Brittney Griner's Cars

Brittney Griner owns so many luxury vehicles including a brand-new Volvo XC60 valued at $110,000 and a Mercedes-Benz G-Class valued at $370,000.



FAQ's On Brittney Griner

A. No, but Brittney Griner and her wife Cherelle are expecting their first child.

A. Brittney Griner is 6 foot 9 inches tall.

A. Brittney Griner was born in Houston, Texas, U.S.

A. Raymond and Sandra Griner are the parents of Brittney Griner.

A. Brittney Griner attended Chester W. Nimitz Senior High School.

A. Brittney Griner plays as a centre for Phoenix Mercury.

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