She went to watch her hometown Houston Comets play when she was a kid and when the kiss cam turned to a lesbian couple, the fans started booing. The game operations people quickly took the camera off the couple. The players see themselves not as just basketball role models for young women, but hope they are also making it easier for younger players who may be struggling with their sexuality.
Former WNBA guard Candice Wiggins said there is a "very, very harmful culture" within the league and her heterosexuality was an issue. Wiggins, 30, announced her retirement last March instead of signing a contract extension with the New York Liberty. It's not watched.
A growing number of high-profile Olympic athletes have come out in recent years but Collins said that while the NBA is ready for more openly gay players the tide has simply not turned when it comes to male professional team sports in the United States. After making the courageous decision in May to come out late in his season National Basketball Association career, Collins signed with Brooklyn the following February and played 22 games in a backup role before retiring later that year. Collin Martin, of Major League Soccer's Minnesota United, came out last June and is the only openly gay male athlete currently playing in a major professional U.
By Mark W. And at the mountaintop of her basketball career, her sexuality marred the moment. It was a depressing state in the WNBA. Our value is diminished.
A former WNBA star has attacked the league, claiming most players are lesbians and that she was harassed for being straight and popular with fans. It was a conformist type of place. There was a whole different set of rules they could apply.
When Candice Wiggins retired from the WNBA in Marchshe cited physical wear and tear on her body and said she didn't really love the game anymore. She wrote in The Players' Tribune she was happily moving on with her life. But in a story published Monday in the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Stanford graduate said she had a miserable time in her eight years playing in the WNBA, in part because of what she termed leaguewide "bullying.
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The league is seldom considered newsworthy enough when we see things like the creation of a superteam in Washington, with Elena Delle Donne and the Mystics, or when an epic WNBA finals between the Minnesota Lynx and Los Angeles Sparks goes down to the final seconds of an elimination game. But a player asserting all the most vicious stereotypes about the league? Of course, it concerns me if any of our players do not have a positive experience and I hope that anyone who feels uncomfortable would reach out to me or others in the league office.