Today in an interview with Sports Illustrated’s Maggie Gray, WNBA’s #1 draft pick, Brittney Griner, spoke openly about being gay.
Gray asked her “In female sports, women’s sports, in the WNBA, players have already come out, and it’s really accepted. Why is there a difference between men and women in that issue?”
I really couldn’t give an answer on why that’s so different. Being one that’s out, it’s just being who you are. Again, like I said, just be who you are. Don’t worry about what other people are going to say, because they’re always going to say something, but, if you’re just true to yourself, let that shine through. Don’t hide who you really are.
Responding to the question about how hard it was to decide to be open, Griner said, “I wouldn’t say I was hiding or anything like that. I’ve always been open about who I am and my sexuality. So, it wasn’t hard at all.”
Elena Delle Donne, responding to all the intrigue around when the first professional male player will come out while still being active in their sport, said: “In our sport, we’re fine with it. We’re all friends, and I want everybody to be who they are. You shouldn’t have to lie, that’s not fair. Hopefully the men can one day adopt that same attitude that we have.”
Okay, Nike. Word is that you are eager to endorse an openly gay athlete. You best get Ms. Griner on the phone.
She may have some competition, though: UFC Fighter Liz Carmouche Campaigns to Be Nike’s Sponsored Gay Athlete.