Britney Griner And Wife Announce They’re Expecting First Child

Brittney Griner and Cherelle Griner attend The 2023 Met Gala Celebrating "
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 01: Brittney Griner and Cherelle Griner attend The 2023 Met Gala Celebrating “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line Of Beauty” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 01, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

WNBA star Britney Griner and her wife, Cherelle, have announced they’re expecting their first child together. This joyful occasion is the beginning of their next chapter after a tumultuous ordeal.

In a heartwarming Instagram post, the couple shared an ultrasound image. They expressed disbelief that they are just a few months away from meeting their “favorite human being.”

Griner’s journey to this moment has been marked by challenges. In 2022, she endured nearly 300 days of wrongful detention in Russia, casting uncertainty over her future with Cherelle.

Upon her release in December 2022, following a high-profile prisoner swap, the couple embraced a newfound freedom. They were able to focuson the prospect of building their family. The emotional rollercoaster of uncertainty and separation has now transformed into the anticipation of parenthood.

Griner’s detainment underscored the disparities WNBA players face, prompting reflection on the sacrifices athletes make to pursue their passion. Her detainment spotlighted the salary caps WNBA players face in the United States, which has pushed athletes to go overseas to earn more during their off-seasons.

Despite the adversity, Griner’s resilience shone through. She re-signed with the Phoenix Mercury, reaffirming her commitment to the sport she loves. In 2023, Griner averaged 17.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.2 assists, ranking second in the league in field goal percentage (56.0%) and third in blocks (1.6).

Looking Ahead: Britney Griner’s Career and Parenthood

As Griner prepares for her 11th season in the WNBA, she balances her professional aspirations with the anticipation of parenthood. Her memoir, slated for release this spring, promises to shed light on her harrowing experience and the unwavering support that sustained her.

Griner’s achievements on the court speak volumes. A two-time Olympic gold medalist and nine-time WNBA All-Star, she continues to leave an indelible mark on the sport. Her impending motherhood adds a new dimension to her legacy, a testament to her strength and resilience in the face of adversity.