Debunked: Were Anthony Davis and Brittney Griner engaged? Dating history explored

Joshua Rogers August 15, 2022
Debunked: Were Anthony Davis and Brittney Griner engaged? Dating history explored
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NBA and WNBA fans were shocked to learn Anthony Davis and Brittney Griner once dated. However, despite the rumors, Davis and Griner were never engaged. We explore their dating history.

In February 2022, two-time WNBA defensive player of the year Brittney Griner was arrested at a Moscow airport after going to Russia to play club basketball during the US off-season.

The 31-year-old was arrested and accused by Russian prosecutors of trying to smuggle less than 1 gram of cannabis oil in her luggage. 

According to the BBC, the double Olympic winner admitted possessing cannabis oil but told the court she had made an “honest mistake.” On August 4, 2022, the outlet reported Griner had been sentenced to nine years in prison on drugs charges.

Griner’s lawyers have said they will appeal the decision, while the US government is working on a prisoner exchange program to get Griner out of Russia, CNN reports.

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Anthony Davis and Brittney Griner once dated

Griner is one of the biggest stars in the WNBA and, as such, many are interested in her personal life. The WNBA star has been married to Cherelle Watson since 2019. However, in 2015 Griner was married to fellow WNBA star Glory Johnson.

The marriage to Johnson didn’t last long, though, and in the aftermath of the annulment, Brittney Griner allegedly dated Anthony Davis – one of the biggest names in the NBA. Davis won an NBA championship with the LA Lakers in 2020.

The Sportsrush reports Anthony Davis once said about Brittney Griner: She is everything to me. We have an amazing relationship and have so much in common. We even wear the same-size clothes and shoes so sometimes she borrows a shirt or two from me.” 

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Fans react after finding out they were in a relationship

Given both players’ stature in the sport, it came as a massive shock to fans to learn Anthony Davis and Brittney Griner dated.

Many took took Twitter to express their surprise:

Rumors that Anthony Davis and Brittney Griner were engaged are false

This wasn’t the first time the basketball stars were linked. In 2013, two years before they dated, there were reports Anthony Davis and Brittney Griner had got engaged.

However, Davis was quick to shoot those rumors down at the time, stating any suggestion they were engaged was false:

Davis is now married to long-term partner Marlen P after they reportedly got together around 2016.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.