Griner, Delle Donne, Diggins discuss sports and sexuality
The WNBA's top three overall picks -- Brittney Griner, Elena Delle Donne, and Skylar Diggins -- spoke with SI Video on Wednesday afternoon. Here is a transcript of part of that conversation, on the issue of sports and sexuality. The below portion of the video begins at 3:04.
SI Video host Maggie Gray: "Another big topic in sports recently is sexuality, especially with the NFL. In football it was rumored that maybe one or more players were going to come out--that would become huge news in the sports world and in general. In female sports, women's sports, in the WNBA, players have already come out, and it's really accepted. Why is there a difference between men and women in that issue?"
Brittney Griner: "I really couldn't give an answer on why that's so different. Being one that's out, it's just being who you are. Again, like I said, just be who you are. Don't worry about what other people are going to say, because they're always going to say something, but, if you're just true to yourself, let that shine through. Don't hide who you really are."
Gray: "You're in a different position where you're not just a regular person, you're a famous athlete, you're the number one pick in the WNBA draft. How difficult was it for you to make the decision?"
Griner: "It really wasn't too difficult, I wouldn't say I was hiding or anything like that. I've always been open about who I am and my sexuality. So, it wasn't hard at all. If I can show that I'm out and I'm fine and everything's OK, then hopefully the younger generation will definitely feel the same way."
Gray: "The second part of what people talk about with the NFL is that a male player would be hesitant to come out because they're worried about what the people in the locker room would say about it. If you guys were her teammates, how would you respond to it?"
Elena Delle Donne: "In our sport, we're fine with it. 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."
SkylarDiggins: "Yeah, we don't ask Brittney to bring the ball up the court. We like Brittney because she's a post player and that's what she does best. We like her because she's herself. I think it's the same, we don't care, you know, it has nothing to do with basketball or how you play the game. I think that people need to realize that. And once we do that, we'll start to figure out everything out in the world, maybe become a better place, if people start accepting people for who they are."
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