Tulsa Shock forward Glory Johnson-Griner will miss the WNBA season, after announcing Thursday (June 4) that she is pregnant.
Johnson-Griner, who is married to Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner, made the announcement on Instagram, posting a photo of a bun coming out of a cake-shaped like an oven, along with the caption: “#WelcomeToTheJohnsonGrinerFamily.”
The Shock confirmed, in a statement, that Johnson-Griner would miss the season.
“It has always been a dream of mine to start a family with someone I love,” Johnson-Griner said in a statement provided by the team. “Being a professional athlete that plays year round, there is never a perfect time to get pregnant without putting my career on hold. The entire process, from learning our fertility options, to making sacrifices necessary nine months before the child is born, is merely preparing me to become a great wife and an even better mother.”
The two-time All-Star averaged 13.7 points and 8.3 rebounds over the past three seasons for the Shock.
“Right now, I not only have my health to worry about, but also the health of this little one resting inside of me,” Johnson-Griner said. “Rest assured I will be back next season, stronger and more ready to play than ever!”