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posted Friday, April 19, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 16
'I've always been open' - The WNBA's top draft pick discloses she is Lesbian
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'I've always been open' - The WNBA's top draft pick discloses she is Lesbian

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Lately the world of professional sports has been buzzing over who among their ranks might be Gay or Lesbian. From the National Football League to the National Basketball Association, players and coaches have spoken out in favor of, and against, the possibility of openly LGBT players in their ranks. Some of the speculation has verged on the truly hysterical.

On April 18, however, a real conversation on the subject finally took place in the mainstream media. College basketball star Brittney Griner openly discussed her sexuality with Maggie Gray of Sports Illustrated.

'WE'RE FINE WITH IT'
Alongside her fellow top-three Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) draft picks, Skylar Diggins and Elena Delle Donne, Griner said she's always been open about who she is.

'It wasn't too difficult,' she said. 'I wouldn't say I was hiding or anything like that. I've always been open about who I am and my sexuality.'

Griner said she wants youth to know that it's OK to be who they are. Diggins and Delle Donne both chimed in and said that they support openly Gay players.

'In our sport, we're fine with it,' Delle Donne said. '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.'

'We like her [Griner] because she's herself,' said Diggins. 'We don't care. It has nothing to do with basketball or how you play the game. I think that people need to realize that.'

NBA OWNER INTERESTED
The owner of the Dallas Mavericks, billionaire Mark Cuban, said earlier this month that he would be willing to draft Griner to his NBA team, making her the premier league's first female player.

But that won't likely happen anytime soon, as Griner has signed with the Phoenix Mercury. Delle Donne, the second draft pick, is headed to the Chicago Sky, and Diggins, chosen third, will be joining the Tulsa Shock.

Delle Donne told the glossy sports magazine she wishes people would stop comparing women's basketball to men's basketball.

'Stop taking Brittney out of our game and putting her in the men's game. She's ours and she's changing our game,' Delle Donne said. 'So it does upset me a little bit. Respect women's basketball for what it is.'

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