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Brittney Griner Comes Out, Says, 'Don't Hide Who You Really Are'

Brittney Griner Comes Out, Says, 'Don't Hide Who You Really Are'

04/19/2013

Brittney Griner, who was recently selected with the first overall pick in the WNBA Draft after an illustrious career at Baylor University, addressed her sexuality to the public in a recent interview when she was asked about the disconnect between female athletes coming out versus male athletes.

“I really couldn't give an answer on why that's so different,” Griner told Sports Illustrated. "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."

Griner later added, "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."

Griner scored 3,283 points, second all-time in women’s NCAA history, blocked an NCAA-record 748 shots and dunked 18 times in her four years at Baylor. She was drafted by the Phoenix Mercury in Monday’s WNBA Draft. Elena Delle Donne, from the University of Delaware, was picked second by the Chicago Sky and Skylar Diggins of Notre Dame was selected third by the Tulsa Shock.

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Read more: Brittney Griner, Baylor University, WNBA, Phoenix Mercury, Elena Delle Donne, Skylar Diggins

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