Posted February 27, 2014

Brittney Griner says Baylor’s stance on homosexuality caused ‘pain’

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Rookie Brittney Griner became the first WNBA player to dunk twice in one game. (Barry Gossage/Getty Images)

Brittney Griner averaged 12.6 points and 6.3 rebounds in her rookie season in the WNBA. (Barry Gossage/Getty Images)

Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner covers a number of topics in her new book, In My Skin. 

It includes how her school, Baylor University, dealt with the topic of her homosexuality.

The book, hits stores April 8. USA Today was provided with an advanced copy.

In excerpts from the book, Griner said she felt pain at Baylor even though she received support for her sexual orientation.

“I would love to be an ambassador for Baylor, to show my school pride, but it’s hard to do that — it’s hard to stand up and say, ‘Baylor is the best!’ — when the administration has a written policy against homosexuality,” Griner wrote.”I’ve spent too much of my life being made to feel like there’s something wrong with me. And no matter how much support I felt as a basketball player at Baylor, it still doesn’t erase all the pain I felt there.”

Griner helped Baylor win a national championship in 2012. In 2013, the Bears were ranked No. 1 and had won 32 straight games before they were upset by Louisville in the Sweet 16. The Mercury drafted Griner No. 1 overall in the 2013 WNBA draft.

“Cracks existed beneath the surface. And the game against Louisville, with the pressure cranked up, blew those cracks wide open … I didn’t deliver the way I usually did, and Kim got outcoached. We both underperformed,” Griner said.


16 comments
JackLail
JackLail

Austin Powers said it best: "She's a man, baby!"

MavsMan
MavsMan

Give me a break.  You went to a CHRISTIAN college for crying out loud.   What did you expect them to think about being gay?   Maybe you should have done your homework before you went there.  Any school that has a religious background is going to be against it.  And no I bet that Baylor didn't know beforehand that she was gay.  If she didn't offer that info then how would they know and you can bet the people would be crying foul had they ask a question like that as part of the interview process.  Sorry but you should have known better than to go to a Christian college and then complain that your lifestyle wasn't the norm and you felt out of place.

DSM
DSM

What has Baylor president Ken Starr said about her since she came out?  And didn't they know she was gay and violate their own policy to benefit from her enormous (and unpaid) athletic efforts on their behalf?

Mulva
Mulva

@MavsMan So what you are saying is that Christian colleges are homophobic and discriminatory? 

Way to set an example for the rest of the world, Christians! You must be really proud of your colleges and churches!


AlaGator
AlaGator

@DSM Total cost for a student to attend Baylor Univ is just over $49,000 per year....X 4 = $196,000.  Of course, that doesn't figure in the other non-reported goodies student/athletes receive.  Would she have made that much at age 18-21 at some job getting paid by the hour?  Enough with the "athletes are unpaid" nonsense.

Iowa
Iowa

@Mulva @MavsManWhat a stupid comment. He didn't say anything about them being afraid of homosexuals or discriminatory. Unfortunate that some people still refuse to try to comprehend the fact that people can be against homosexual behavior without hating people for choosing to participate in it.

tylervjohnson
tylervjohnson

@Mulva @MavsMan  Christian colleges tend to follow Christian teachings.  The Bible condemns homosexual behavior in numerous places in the Old and New Testaments (like it does with many other sins) but offers hope and salvation to all sinners (which means all of us).  It is hardly surprising that Baylor agrees with this teaching.  If you disagree, you have every right to do so, but a private religious school has the right to make policy based on the convictions of the people that run it.  Or would you demand that churches and schools only be allowed to agree with your opinions on every issue?  If Ms. Griner did not feel comfortable with their policies, then she should not have gone to Baylor.  I am sure she will face many people in her life that disagree with her on many issues.  She had the right to her beliefs and they have the right to theirs.  She also has the ability to choose whether or not to associate with those whom she disagrees.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@Mulva @MavsMan 

Stop trying to redefine morality.

Christianity teaches that homosexual activity is wrong.  

People like you only practice "tolerance" and "diversity" when everyone agrees with you.  If you don't like someone's beliefs, out comes the hate.

mystafugee
mystafugee

@AlaGator @DSM  ....and a high school education costs money too, does that mean high school students are being "paid?"

Iowa
Iowa

@tylervjohnson @Mulva@MavsManExactly. She chose to be at a Christian college. If she didn't like it, there were hundreds of liberal, gay-friendly colleges around the country she could've gone to. Considering her skill at basketball, pretty sure they would've taken her.