WNBA star Brittney Griner and wife Cherelle announce exciting family news

WNBA star Brittney Griner and wife Cherelle announce exciting family news

Festus Chuma 11:42 - 15.04.2024

Brittney Griner and wife Cherelle announce a major personal milestone amidst Griner's ongoing successful basketball career with Phoenix Mercury.

American basketball star Brittney Griner and her wife, Cherelle Griner, have announced that they are expecting their first child together. 

The Phoenix Mercury center shared the joyful news through an Instagram post featuring the couple's hands over an ultrasound image of their upcoming child, capturing the hearts of fans and followers.

The couple's post expressed their anticipation and joy, stating,  “Can’t believe we’re less than three months away from meeting our favorite human being.” The hashtags “#BabyGrinerComingSoon” and “#July2024” accompanied the update, indicating the due date for their new arrival.

Brittney, a dominant figure in women's basketball, recently re-signed with the Phoenix Mercury, gearing up for what promises to be an exciting 2024 WNBA season. 

Her career, however, spans beyond her athletic prowess, touching on significant social and political issues, particularly after her wrongful detainment in Russia in 2022.

The announcement comes after a challenging period for Griner, who spent nearly 300 days in Russian custody under allegations of drug smuggling due to inadvertently packed cannabis oil in her luggage.

Her situation highlighted the disparities in pay between WNBA players and their international counterparts, illustrating the financial motivations driving athletes to play overseas during the off-season.

Despite the hardships, Brittney Griner's return to the basketball court has been triumphant. 

In the 2023 season, she boasted an average of 17.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game, securing her status as one of the top players in the league. 

Her excellence is not confined to current play; she is also third on the WNBA’s all-time blocks list and a nine-time WNBA All-Star.

The Griners’ baby news marks a personal milestone for the couple, who have been public about their relationship and advocacy for LGBTQ+ rights within the sports community. 

The WNBA, which began in 1997 under the ownership of the NBA, has seen evolving attitudes towards gender and sexuality, transitioning from a league that once strictly promoted traditional femininity to one that embraces and celebrates diversity.

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