Sheryl Swoopes says she has proven to her Houston Comets teammates that her lesbianism is a non-issue. But she remains concerned about how it might affect her standing as a role model. When I stepped onto the court, it was about business.
Sheryl Swoopes, the three-time most valuable player of the W. Encouraged by an endorsement she received from a cruise line that caters to lesbians, she said she felt as if a burden had been lifted. For the last seven, eight years, I was waiting to exhale.
For most people in her position — had a child with her highschool sweetheart, separated and fell into a long-term relationship with a woman who she met through basketball — the narrative would be of someone who had always been gay, and had hidden it from herself for most of her life until this moment. No one can. Do I think I was born this way?
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Two weeks after the insanity that is March Madness, something amazing happened: The top women's college basketball player ofand the number-one WNBA draft pick, Brittney Griner, came out as a lesbian. Let me repeat that again: The number-one draft pick for the Women's National Basketball Association came out. Though she stated that she had already been out to her college team, this Wednesday was the first time she came out publiclyin a Sports Illustrated interview with two other WNBA draft picks, Skylar Diggins and Elena Delle Donne.
This article is from the archive of our partner. Well, that last part may be changing. On Thursday, Young made it clear that she doesn't support same-sex marriage or adding gay people to San Antonio's nondiscrimination code.
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.
New logo, new uniforms and new stars give the league a renewed sense of optimism. The company will have its logo featured on the new uniforms for all 12 WNBA teamswhich Nike unveiled at its New York headquarters, where the draft was held for the second consecutive year. Kia Nurse No. But I think to share that with your family members on the best day of your life is exciting.
By Mark W. And at the mountaintop of her basketball career, her sexuality marred the moment. It was a depressing state in the WNBA.
There she won the National Player of the Year award in her senior season as she led the Lady Raiders to the National Collegiate Athletic Association national championship where Swoopes set a record for most points scored in the title game, with Swoopes and the Comets reeled off three additional championships in the next three years, the last of which in came after a regular season in which she scored a career-high In Swoopes made national news when she revealed that she was gay, becoming the most prominent athlete in a North American team sport to do so.