Posted May 23, 2013

Brittney Griner says Baylor told her to keep her homosexuality private

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Former Baylor star Brittney Griner said it was an “unwritten law” to keep her homosexuality private so she would not dissuade recruits from choosing the school. (Barry Gossage/Getty Images)

Former Baylor women’s basketball star Brittney Griner, who acknowledged she was gay in an interview with SI.com’s Maggie Gray last month, said Bears coach Kim Mulkey told her not to be open publicly about her sexuality because it would hurt recruiting, according to ESPN.com.

Griner, the WNBA’s No. 1 pick who will debut with the Phoenix Mercury on May 27, said the silence was an “unwritten law” meant to protect the program’s image.

The 22-year-old reiterated she has been open about her sexuality with family and friends since her freshman year of high school and Mulkey and her Baylor teammates knew she was gay.

Mulkey declined to comment on Griner’s personal life, instead referring to a prior statement that touted her as “a celebrated member of the Baylor family.”

From the report:

“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.”

Baylor University, a private Baptist school located in Waco, Texas, has a “Statement on Human Sexuality” in its student handbook. Located 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.”


142 comments
SkeeterSanders
SkeeterSanders

Even if she hadn't come out of the closet, many people would have suspected that Brittany Griner was a lesbian anyway. With her deep, masculine-like voice and nearly seven-foot-tall frame, I actually thought that Griner was transgendered -- at the very least, born with a hormone imbalance that made her appear as though she was a man.

I'm bisexual. My first boyfriend was a man who was born with a hormone imbalance that made him appear as though he was a woman. Our three-year relationship in the late '80s taught me the value of accepting people for who they are -- And it's my hope that Griner has the support of a partner who does the same.

JulesG
JulesG

Baylor being accused of bigotry, because they asked a student they wanted to play for them, pay for her school, and support her family to keep her sexuality private. Now THAT is bigotry? If it was such a big deal, then why didn't Griner protest or go to another school. In fact, since when does your sexual preference factor into playing sports for a school if the school wants you to play for them? You know how many female athletes are lesbians? A lot! And they are getting scholarships for reasons not related that aspect of their life. This whole movement of homosexual proclamation is getting out of hand. Everyone does not HAVE to accept and celebrate your lifestyle. Not accepting it is NOT bigotry. Attacking or going against it is. When people learn the difference, the World will be a slightly better place. It seems now that if you are homosexual, that is what represents who you are....the same way Jason Collins announces he is gay and it increases his celebrity status. That makes no sense, the same way caring about Baylor representing their core beliefs doesn't either.

muser
muser

Baylor is a Baptist school. They have every right to ask players not to discuss their sexual escapades and habits. If Griner wanted to promote his/her sexual agenda, Cal might have been a better choice. 

Sulkaman
Sulkaman

One's sexuality should be kept private. Play basketball. 

GT500456
GT500456

I get that she digs chicks........but I'm not 100% convinced "she" is a "she".

West
West

There needs to be more education directed towards reading comprehension based on many of the comments here.  You guys/gals are responding as if the school is saying that you can't be gay which must have been in invisible ink or something because I did not see it.  What the school is saying is not to be like you!!!  Do not advocate something that is not conducive to a good Christian life.

West
West

Thank you Baylor

jjknew
jjknew

I am surprised with all of these media/magazine types that they have not pushed hard to find out why she decided not to play on the Olympic basketball team.  I think it was mentioned that she was injured, but not sure.  I really believe it has to do with the Olympic screening test to make sure the genders are participating in the correct areas of competition.  Some athletes test and are surprised to find out they are more female than male and more male than female.  I think that happened to a female track athlete a few years ago.  Talk about the HC from Baylor keeping the homosexual talk quiet.  Can you imagine if she went on the Olympic team and got tested and was more male?  Would she be allowed to return and play women's college basketball?  WNBA?  She obviously has more male characteristics than female.  I read where coaches were saying she is the look of the future of women's basketball.  A test would have destroyed everything.  A male positive test would definitely have destroyed her and her future so I guess it was best that she never plays international events like the Olympics.  The question is why didn't the media/magazines push this potential big story when she decided against playing for the Olympic team?  Bad taste?  When has that ever stopped the must know everything media?

ADMII
ADMII

Also, what about Griner's decision to go to a Christian School. If she had a problem with their policy, why didn't she go somewhere else?

ADMII
ADMII

Most of you have missed the point. Baylor isn't being hypocritical. They knew she was homosexual. They just have a policy to not be an advocate for whatever lifestyle you choose while a student.

DjangoZeaman
DjangoZeaman

I love that Baylor had rules in place to condemn homosexuality but they recruited and celebrated their star basketball player who they knew was gay. 

 

Oh religion...you're such a silly beast.

joeshine730
joeshine730

Briner is a guy deal with it. 6'8" deep voice built like a man. something is fishy here???

Craig
Craig

I don't care a hoot about her personal life and choices.  I'm good with whatever works for her.  On the other hand, I'm really tired about institutions trying to force their opinions, based purely upon bigotry, upon others.  Personally I'd think much higher of Baylor if they were either open about their bigotry, or better yet, open to the idea that if they want their school to be relevant they should welcome everyone without regard to such things.  In this case, they've done the worst possible thing....declare their principles and then try to hide the fact that they don't follow them.  They said "we don't allow this" and then followed that with "but we'll allow you...because you can win games for us...just don't tell anybody."  The ultimate combination of bigotry and hypocritical behavior.  

PammEhrler
PammEhrler

Baylor is a private Baptist school and therefore can do anything they want. If a private golf club wants to exclude women or jews or blacks they can; because it is a PRIVATE club. What the media or other people think is irrelevant. Brittany Griner chose to go there and play. She did not have to stay when they told her to keep her sexual preferences private. But, she did not leave and enjoyed great success. I see no problem here with Baylor. Brittany Griner giving the interview and bringing this recruiting issue up is bad form. Grow and move on; you got a great education and are going to the WNBA. What a lousy thing to do. 

bebopman
bebopman

One fun fact to note in the Baylor code of conduct: "It is thus expected that Baylor students will not participate in advocacy groups which promote understandings of sexuality that are contrary to biblical teaching.”

 

"Biblical teaching." Not "The Bible", but "biblical teaching." As in, "Hello, little girl. You should act like this and act like that and do everything that I tell you to do." .. "But that's not in The Bible." .... "No, but it's part of our 'biblical teaching'. If I did the stuff that is actually mentioned in The Bible, I would be doing a lot of stuff that I don't want to do. That's why I stick to the 'teaching'." 

JasonMacBride
JasonMacBride

Baylor values: winning basketball > our student morality code. Another bunch of phony christians only in it for the money.

DavidKBergland
DavidKBergland

lol all these clowns just trying to start fights on here are so freaking ignorant. Who cares if shes gay or not. Everyone on here needs to quit crying and go back to work or whatever it was before you decided to get into fights with people you don't even know. Geez. Grow up you morons 

vince2
vince2

It would be great if everyone kept their sexuality private.  It is never anyone else's business.  

NicolasMartin
NicolasMartin

It is a private religious college. Why should this not be expected?

joeshine730
joeshine730

Good for Baylor in trying to protect their image and Briners. Think of the thousnads of little girls watching Baylor Basketball and idolizing  Briner? Disgusting.

BosephHeyden
BosephHeyden

She's in the WNBA...that alone should make this a non-story.

Sharon1
Sharon1

The university had no obligation to tell anyone if she didn't like it she should have complained and transferred it wasn't a prison. Now he/she wants to blame Baylor grow up just looking for publicity take responsibility for your behavior. She wasn't mistreated in anyway by Baylor. Oh and by the way you can't discriminate against a perversion. That's like treating a child molester like he's just lonely. It's sick, gross and wrong and no matter what the media says people dont accept it and they never will. Oh by the way black people called and said you don't know shat bout discrimination so stop whining.

muser
muser

I think Britney misunderstood. Her coach wanted her to keep her SEX a secret, not her sexuality. 

bebopman
bebopman

Those of you who are unhappy that she gets publicity for announcing that she's gay are hilarious. It's not gay people who made being gay into a big deal; It was the anti-gay people who did that. Being gay would get no attention  at all if the anti-gay people didn't exist.

Nate3766
Nate3766

 @jjknew I will suggest we see how she goes in that regard down the road...She is suppose to be a no brainer as far as super talent in Womans basketball..the possible future look...Olympics will still be here and since majority of players are professionals know..almost seems that college players are on the team as just fill ins...we should see her playing or not in the future..then your argument might have more weight to it...

TrevR
TrevR

 @Craig I just want you to realize something Craig...just reading your post...you are a bigot yourself:

a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially : one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance

 

Its easy to poke and prod and rip others to shreds but the fact is that you are doing that which you are condemn. Kind of sad really. How about this...why don't you let private institutions be what they are. SHE chose to accept their money knowing that she was living a lifestyle that went against that which the school stood for. Where is the scorn and anger toward her...if she knew this since high school then the day she signed with them she became a hypocrite and a liar and basically used the school and its money to better her career.

 

I dont' have a problem with Brittney, her skills, or her being gay...but I do have a problem with people who come out shooting flaming arrows and can't shoot them at all who deserve them.

muser
muser

 @Craig Disagreeing with Craig is bigotry.....

DjangoZeaman
DjangoZeaman

 @PammEhrler Private clubs and institutions can not in fact do whatever they want to do. 

 

What is ridiculous is Baylor's hypocrisy. They gained alot of national attention because of their homosexual basketball star. I guess "biblical teachings" are important unless you're winning. :)Another in the millenium long history of religious hypocrites. 

Mike26
Mike26

 @JasonMacBride The code was there before Griner and will be there long after her.  She CHOSE to go there.  Wake up and smell reality Jaybird!

bebopman
bebopman

 @vince2 Cool. Just have society treat gay folks the same as heterosexuals and it just might be possible for gays to be as public with their relationships as much as heterosexuals are, but no more public than that.

RusselRay
RusselRay

@vince2

Unfortunately, throughout the ages society has celebrated heterosexuality via wedding rings, marriage ceremonies, honeymoons, etc. Walk into an office and you'll see pictures of the spouse, children, honeymoon, etc., on the desks or walls. Gays simply want to join in all the hoopla. Well, I guess they also want all the tax benefits.

DjangoZeaman
DjangoZeaman

 @Sharon1 Must be a scary world going in the wrong direction for you. Blacks, gays, women, latinos...heaven forfend! Look at all them non straight, white men being accepted and having equal rights. Oh the horror!

BillieBob
BillieBob

 @Sharon1 

For the fact-deprived: the majority DO accept it. Read a poll sometime. 

And the only perversion is your weird inability to acept that not everybody in the world is just like your little fanatsy of how they should be.

Iowa
Iowa

 @bebopman If heterosexuals didn't exist to procreate this planet, there would be no people around to make the choice to be gay.

 

JackWilliams
JackWilliams

 @bebopman

 You sound like a complete moron. By your logic, pedophiles would get no attention if it were not for those opposed to pedophilia.

eclectichorzman
eclectichorzman

Let's see. Baylor recruited and played a very talented basketball player. That player now has a solid professional career ahead of her. Oh, yeah. That basketball player is lesbian. Baylor's conduct says: "we do not discriminate based on someone's sexual lifestyle." They also say to the athlete: "focus on the game, keep your 'sexuality' to yourself." Seems to me all this amounts to accommodating and not condemning those who do not conform to one's religious views, which means Baylor is in fact going at all this in an enlightened way.

TrevR
TrevR

 @DjangoZeaman  She gained a lot of notoriety as well and got a free ride (likely) despite the fact that she was breaking their code from day one...pure hypocrisy!

TimothyJEhrler
TimothyJEhrler

Really, what law did Baylor break? Last time I checked, hypocrisy was not illegal.

Iowa
Iowa

 @RusselRay  @vince2 No, society has celebrated functioning families where mothers and fathers parent their children, men and women take care of their families and raise their children to do the same, because that is the best way to sustain a society. And it just so happens that heterosexual families are the only way to naturally do this, and always will be.

 

BillieBob
BillieBob

 @Iowa  @bebopman 

And if gay people weren't around to raise the kids of disfunctional heteros who can't sustain a healthy family, there would be hundreds of thousands of kids in orphanages. 

 

BTW, gay isn't a choice. Bigotry is.

TimothyJEhrler
TimothyJEhrler

@DjangoZeaman If Baylor had kicked her out of school there would have been a huge uproar. So they took the approach they did. I have no problem with it. Like I said, they can do wahtever they want! You are voicing an opinion and passing judgement, but that is the worst thing that can happen to a private organization that is NOT breaking any laws-they get criticized. I'm sure they could care less what you think.

RusselRay
RusselRay

 @Iowa  @vince2

 Why did society approve divorces then? And what about all the unwanted children, the accidental children? Abused women and children? Heterosexual families have let society down.

swalkerttu
swalkerttu

 @Iowa  @RusselRay  @vince2 Just as often society has celebrated families that appeared to be functioning on the surface, but were anything but functional away from public view. Not all straight marriages and families are good things.

bebopman
bebopman

 @Iowa  @RusselRay  @vince2 If this society really did celebrate "functioning families", there would be a lot more of them than there are.

EarlMalmsteen
EarlMalmsteen

 @Iowa  Except the research into the question of the well-being of children has shown you to be exactly 100% wrong. See, the problem when you say things like "this is how it always will be" and "this is the only way" without actually looking at the evidence, you usually turn out to be wrong.

BillieBob
BillieBob

 @JackWilliams 

Fact: Being gay has nothing to do with being a pedophile anymore than being hetero has anything to do with being a pedophile.

 

As for your "logic", take a course on logic some day. You used a completely false equivalent to prove your point about in your initial post. 

JackWilliams
JackWilliams

 @BillieBob  

You walked right into that one, Mr. Martian.  Pedophiles can be gays who chose their victims under the age of 13. If the victims are older than age 13, then the victims are considered sexually abused. Either way, male pedophiles who seek out young boys as victims are gay.