Just so you know, the American professional basketball player Brittney Griner does not have a twin brother. But she has three siblings.
Even though their sister is one of America’s biggest stars, very little is known about them as of right now because they have managed to lead a quiet life.
Brittney Yevette Griner currently plays for the Phoenix Mercury in the Women’s National Basketball Association.
She was born in Houston, Texas, and was raised by her mother, Sandra Griner, and her father, Raymond Griner, a former Harris County sheriff.
One of the most decorated basketball players, Yevette has won two Olympic gold medals with the American women’s national team and has made eight WNBA All-Star appearances.
Brittney Griner Siblings, Family Tree
Brittney Yevette Griner has three siblings: two sisters named Shkera Griner and Pier Griner, and a brother named Decarlo Griner.
She was born on October 18, 1990, in Houston, Texas, and holds American nationality. She grew up in a family of athletes and was raised by her mother, who also played basketball.
Her father, Raymond, served as the Harris County sheriff. Similarly, he is a two-tour Vietnam War veteran.
Griner attended Nimitz High School in Houston and played basketball all four years.
During her junior season, her dunking was featured in a YouTube video that was watched more than 6.6 million times, leading to a meeting with Shaquille O’Neal.
Brittney Griner’s Personal Life
Griner openly came out as a lesbian on February 11, 2013. In the interview, she admitted being bullied as a young child, saying, “It’s hard. merely being made fun of for being unique. my sexuality, simply becoming bigger, everything.”
She claimed that working with kids is something she is extremely enthusiastic about doing to raise awareness of bullying, especially as it affects LGBT people.
Griner had already come out to her parents in high school, but her father did not accept it politely, forcing her to spend her final year living with an assistant coach.
On August 14, 2014, she proposed to fellow WNBA player Glory Johnson. And despite their ongoing police charges, they married in Phoenix the following month, on May 8, 2015.
Griner and Johnson reported that Johnson was expecting twins on June 4, 2015.
However, after less than a month of marriage, Griner filed for an annulment of the marriage, citing fraud and duress.
On October 12, 2015, Johnson gave birth to twin girls 16 weeks early. In June 2016, the couple’s divorce was finalized.
In August 2018, Griner proposed to Cherelle Watson, and the two wed in June 2019.
Brittney Griner Career
One of the best-shot blockers in women’s basketball history, Griner played collegiate basketball at Waco, Texas’ Baylor University.
She set the record for blocked shots in a season with 223 as a rookie.
She made the second and third dunks of her collegiate career in a landslide 99-18 victory against Texas State University in January 2010, becoming just the second woman to do so and the seventh player overall to dunk during a women’s college basketball game.
Griner led Baylor to an 80-61 victory over Notre Dame in the Division I Women’s Basketball Championship on April 3, 2012, with 26 points.
The Phoenix Mercury selected Griner with the first overall pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft. Griner equaled the WNBA dunk record on her debut on May 27, 2013, against the Chicago Sky.