Saturday, May 18, 2013

Brittney Griner: Baylor told me to keep quiet about sexuality

Kim Mulkey, Brittney Griner

Former Baylor Bears standout Brittney Griner is undoubtedly one of the best women's college basketball players to ever play the game. Griner also happens to be gay, which she publicly revealed in an interview with SI.com in April.

Now, a new report has surfaced regarding Griner coming out to the public. The WNBA's No. 1 overall pick reportedly told ESPN.com that she was instructed by Bears head coach Kim Mulkey to keep her sexuality private because Mulkey believed it would hurt recruiting.
“It was a recruiting thing,” Griner said during an interview with ESPN The Magazine and espnW. “The coaches thought that if it seemed like they condoned it, people wouldn’t let their kids come play for Baylor.”
"It was more of a unwritten law [to not discuss your sexuality] ... it was just kind of, like, one of those things, you know, just don't do it," Griner said Friday. "They kind of tried to make it, like, 'Why put your business out on the street like that?'" 
"I told Coach [Mulkey] when she was recruiting me. I was like, 'I'm gay. I hope that's not a problem,' and she told me that it wasn't," Griner said. "I mean, my teammates knew, obviously they all knew. Everybody knew about it."
The 22-year-old said that she has been open and honest about her sexuality with friends and family since her freshman year of high school. Additionally, she also said that Mulkey and her Baylor teammates were aware that she was gay.

For those who may not know, Baylor is considered a private Baptist school, and includes a "Statement on Human Sexuality" in its handbook given to students. Under the label "Sexual Misconduct," it says that “Christian churches across the ages and around the world have affirmed purity in singleness and fidelity in marriage between a man and a woman as the biblical norm. Temptations to deviate from this norm include both heterosexual sex outside of marriage and homosexual behavior. It is thus expected that Baylor students will not participate in advocacy groups which promote understandings of sexuality that are contrary to biblical teaching.”

The school declined to comment on the matter, but did refer to a statement earlier this month it issued to ESPN The Magazine and espnW calling Griner one a "celebrated member of the Baylor family."

Via Sports Illustrated

17 comments:

  1. I DONT CARE WHO SHE SLEEPS WITH,,,,,,

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  2. As long as it isn't me, she's hooorrible.

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  3. If "everybody knew about it", what else is there to say? I would be more surprised if she came out as straight. I've got 5 bucks that says she can't pass the Olympic chromosome test for gender.

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  4. Congratulations Britney! You are you who you are. Now... If it is so normal... why does everyone else needs to know? So if it was a choice... good for you... I do not need to know. If you were born that way... I do no need to know like I do not make an announcement that I am a man or woman. You sexuality is that... your sexuality. no anyone else's business.

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  5. Britney,

    Some of us are trying to raise children the best way we can. Nothing against your way of being but... would you want to have a child to grow the way you are? If so, how can humanity survive. You are counting on technology, not nature, which is what most people with alternate lifestyles look for justification. Good luck with that. Your kind can not naturally survive unless you lie.

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    1. shut the fuck up, there is 7 billion people on the earth, we will find a way to survive

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    2. No, you shut the fuck up...of those 7 billion people not one gay person can reproduce without the opposite sex

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    3. ass...it takes two straight people to make one gay....

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    4. this post clearly represents a misguided, uneducated and extremely bigoted approach to homosexuality.

      It's hilarious to think that homosexuals 'count on technology' to reproduce or desire for the population to be as they there.

      They simply are who they are and are naturally and blessed to be able to be alive and yes sexual.

      The percentage of people that are homosexual will always be dwarfed by heterosexuals so don't worry 'your kind' (and mine for that matter) will not be threatened and haha our species will not come to a standstill.

      Furthermore the human population as we currently are is arguably unnatural and completely contrived as compared to other animals. We have been using technology and medicine for a long time in a way to promote our species that no other animal can naturally achieve. We can be easily viewed in the animal world as an invasive species using unnatural means to maintain ourselves.

      Open your heart, mind, and soul.

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  6. BAYLOR was not worried about Brittany's sexual preferences..they were
    worried that she was a man.

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  7. who cares what lifestyle she leads. it's getting old hearing this stuff like it's a big deal.Very sick of hearing about about people who lead an alternate lifestyle.

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  8. Talk about a non-story.

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  9. Just goes to show you they'll do anything to win. I'm a Christian, and I don't care what you are I think me sleeping with all the women I did or you being gay we still both need Jesus. How can I judge you when my sin is just as bad. Now if you are an institution and your rules state that this cant happen its wrong for you to let it slip under the rug for ( winnings') sake and not to change them to do the right thing. Either stick to your beliefs or learn to change stop riding the fence so you can bring money to your program. ........SAD

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  10. Who cares about her sexuality, she's an awesome basketball player... period.

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  11. This just proves the old story if she was a lame player and she was found out to be gay. Baylor would have took away her scholarship.

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  12. Griner is not gay. When a man prefers to be with a woman, that is not gay. Griner is a man playing a womans sport. They have to say Griner is gay so when he is seen in public with a woman he can still pretend to be a woman and just say he is gay. Deep voice, no boobs, an adams apple, and 6'8" 208 lbs. Come on people wake up. I wish the NCAA would investigate. If Griner is not a man now, he was a male when he was born. Why does he show up at the first practice 2 hrs before anyone else? So he can get dressed before others are there. WAKE UP AMERICA

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  13. If Griner went to Penn St Jerry Sandusky could have solved this sexuality question.

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