Griner Comes Out



One man. Two boys. Twelve kids.

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  1. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    But how could she have let Louisville sneak past them like that?Report

  2. In all honesty, this has raised almost no eyebrows in the sports world- the reaction almost seems to be, “yeah, and? Tell us something we hadn’t already figured out.” I do not believe that would be true if even a third-string NBA, NFL, MLB, or NHL player were to come out.

    This is a double standard worth discussing. Also, LZ Granderson’s piece on this topic is – as usual for him – outstanding.Report

    • Avatar Kazzy says:

      All fair points, Mark. I considered exploring that dynamic here but felt that unfair to Ms. Griner. Regardless of how the media responds, it is good that she felt comfortable and confident coming out; the strength of her words simply make that point more resounding. So rather than use her acknowledgement as something else, I thought it best to just recognize it.

      And I’ll co-sign on your endorsement of Granderson, both in that piece and in general. Have you seen his TEDTalk on “the gay agenda”?Report

    • Avatar Chris says:

      I think that given Baylor’s approach to LGBT issues, it’s a somewhat big deal that she is now so publicly out.Report

      • Good point, though I’m not sure how much that angle has really permeated the national media.Report

      • Avatar Kazzy says:

        What was Baylore’s approach to LGBT issues?Report

        • Avatar Chris says:

          Kazzy, they won’t let gay students form an official student group, a few years ago they removed a member of their advisory board because he was gay, and they’re just generally not very friendly to gay students.Report

        • Avatar Chris says:

          Note that Baylor is a Baptist school, a member of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, and aligned with the Southern Baptist Convention.Report

        • Avatar Jesse Ewiak says:

          There a private baptist college in Texas. Guess. Or put it this way, it was on the list of ‘most LGBT unfriendly’ colleges in the Princeton Review in 2010 and 2009, which obviously aren’t scientific studies, but for the most part, there lists “sound” right when looking at them.Report

          • Avatar Kazzy says:

            Thanks. I think I knew in the back of my mind that they were religiously-affiliated but I didn’t know specifics.

            She indicates that her orientation wasn’t necessarily a secret, but she never discussed it publicly or with the media. I’m curious who knew there and what the internal response was, including whether she faced pressure to avoid talking about it.Report

  3. Nob Akimoto Nob Akimoto says:

    I have to admit the thing that’s getting me is seeing the comment threads at ESPN et. al. where you see a lot of truly vile and ignorant statements.Report

  4. Avatar david says:

    “Don’t hide who you really are.”

    But, that’s exactly what she did.

    She waited until she had used up all her eligibility as a college player (including taking advantage of a full ride scholarship) and waited until she had secured the #1 pick in the draft before “finding her voice”.Report