Brittney Griner skips Team USA women's training camp

LAS VEGAS -- Brittney Griner has decided not to attend the U.S. women's national basketball team training camp.

The 6-foot-8 star of the Phoenix Mercury was arrested April 22 on suspicion of assault after a fight with her fiancée, fellow WNBA player Glory Johnson. Griner was expected to be one of the 27 players at the camp that started Monday. She opted not to come over the weekend, according to USA Basketball.

"As you can imagine, the last couple of weeks have been difficult for her and she has a lot going through her mind," USA Basketball national team director Carol Callan told ESPN. "We understand, and she has our support."

Lindsay Kagawa Colas, Griner's agent, issued a statement late Monday, saying, "Brittney has been through a lot these last couple weeks and after her health began to suffer, she felt it best to take a step back and continue to focus on her counseling. She knows USA Basketball deserves her full mental and physical commitment and given the circumstances, she didn't feel like she could fulfill that responsibility. Brittney is incredibly grateful for USA Basketball's support through what has been a challenging time."

Griner entered into a diversion agreement, where she will plead guilty to disorderly conduct and attend 26 weeks of domestic violence counseling. All charges will be dismissed if she completes her counseling.

The training camp wasn't mandatory, and Griner wasn't the only member of the player pool not in attendance. Callan said Griner's decision to miss training camp does not affect her standing with the team.

"We have a pool of athletes who can't participate for a variety of reasons," Callan said. "She remains a pool player and remains in good standing with USA Basketball."

The WNBA is still investigating the incident between Griner and Johnson. Griner talked to the league last week, according to The Associated Press. The league has the option to fine, suspend or even terminate the contracts of Griner and Johnson.

Callan said USA Basketball also is "gathering all the information."

"Clearly [domestic violence] is an important issue in this country and something we do have to look at, but it's not just a one-person situation," Callan said. "There were several people involved. So we are trying to continue to gather information before we make any statement on that issue."

Three-time Olympic gold medalists Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi were in Las Vegas. Taurasi is recovering after breaking a bone in her left hand while playing overseas for her Russian club team. She is sitting out the upcoming WNBA season after accepting an offer from her Russian club to rest.

Other returning Olympic medalists include Seimone Augustus, Sylvia Fowles, Candace Parker, Cappie Pondexter, Tina Charles, Angel McCoughtry and Maya Moore. The roster also includes two college players, UConn's Breanna Stewart and South Carolina's Tiffany Mitchell.

The U.S. has already qualified for next year's Olympics in Rio, where the Americans will try to win a sixth straight gold medal.

ESPN.com's Mechelle Voepel and The Associated Press contributed to this report.