A timeline of key events in Brittney Griner’s career on and off the basketball court:
October 18, 1990: Brittney Griner was born in Houston.
2009: Led Nimitz High School to the Texas 5A Women’s Basketball State Championship game where they lost. The 6-foot-7 star dunked 52 times as a senior, including seven times in one game against Aldine High School.
2009-10: Set NCAA single-season record with 223 blocks as a rookie at Baylor. She became the seventh female basketball player to dunk in college.
2011-12: Led Baylor to a 40-0 record and earned Associated Press Player of the Year honors with an average of 23.2 points, 9.4 rebounds and 5 blocks.
April 3, 2012: 26 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks in the NCAA title game as Baylor beat Notre Dame 80-61. She earned Final Four MVP honors.
April 15, 2013: Was the first pick in the WNBA Draft, selected by the Phoenix Mercury.
2014: Helped Phoenix reach a 29-5 record – most wins in WNBA history – and the franchise’s third league championship.
August 14, 2014: I got engaged to Glory Johnson, another WNBA player. Eight months later, they were both arrested for assault and disorderly conduct after police responded to a fight between them.
May 15, 2015: Griner and Johnson were suspended seven games by the WNBA after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct charges.
2015 and 2016: Played in Russia for UMMC Ekaterinburg and won back-to-back championships with that team. Played in winter with Yekaterinburg since.
August 20, 2016: Helped the United States win a sixth consecutive Olympic gold medal at the Rio Games.
June 18, 2019: Married to Cherelle Griner.
August 8, 2021: Helped the United States win a seventh consecutive Olympic gold medal at the Tokyo Games. She averages 16.5 points to lead the United States
February 17, 2022: Arrested for possession of drugs at the airport outside Moscow on his way back to Russia after a break from FIBA World Cup qualifying.
July 1, 2022: Trial begins in a court outside Russia.
July 7, 2022: Pleaded guilty to drug possession charges, saying, “There was no intent. I didn’t mean to break the law.”
August 4, 2022: Sentenced to nine years in a Russian prison for drug possession.