Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson have been Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) opponents since Griner entered the league by becoming the first overall pick of the 2013 WNBA Draft. But now Griner and Johnson have something else in common besides being fellow WNBA All-Stars - they're engaged to be married.
The couple made sports history when Griner proposed to Johnson late last week. Depending on how you look at it, it's either a story that should have gotten more attention for its progressiveness or was appropriately just a blip on the mainstream media radar as same-sex relationships become more and more mainstream.
But either way, it's a heartwarming tale of love and sports.
Griner posted a photo of herself - on bended knee with ring in hand - in front of Johnson to her Instagram account on Friday night. Its caption: "Last Night was a Night to Remember I became the happiest person on this earth! (almost pass out but when that one word came out I came back to life) Me and my baby @missvol25 are in it for Life!"
Griner and Johnson had reportedly been dating for about two months before becoming engaged. The WNBA isn't the highest-profile sports league, but two players from rival teams - including Griner, the world's most recognized female basketball player - planning to marry is major news indeed. It's hard to imagine anything similar happening soon in the NFL or NBA (or Super Rugby here) but the tide of tolerance is undeniably rising in the pro sports world.
Griner's Phoenix Mercury set a WNBA record with 29 regular-season wins this year and are currently in the playoffs. Johnson's Tulsa Shock struggled and are missing out on the post-season, so we'll have to wait for next year to see the engaged couple take the court as opponents for the first time. Meanwhile, it's a safe bet that Johnson will switch her loyalties over to the Mercury during her fiancé's playoff run.
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