Griner: Baylor Told Me to Stay in the Closet

Published on 20-May-2013 by Stacey Mickles
Basketball - NCAA Mens / NCAA Basketball Daily Review

Brittney Griner

While Jason Collins made headlines as the first male professional athlete to come out as gay while still active in his career, around the same time, Baylor's Brittney Griner came out as a lesbian to much less fanfare.

Let's be frank; Griner coming out as a lesbian was not a shock to anyone. That's probably why it wasn't a big story at the time.

But what is shocking and disappointing is that Baylor University basically told her to hide her sexuality because it might hurt recruiting.

“It was a recruiting thing,” Griner confirmed,  “The coaches thought that if it seemed like they condoned it, people wouldn’t let their kids come play for Baylor.”

“It was more of a unwritten law (not to discuss it) … it was just kind of, like, one of those things, you know. Just don’t do it,” Griner said of speaking publicly about her sexuality. “They kind of tried to make it, like, ‘Why put your business out on the street like that?’'

If you watch women's college basketball, you know as well as I do that Griner is not the first or last female basketball player who will come out as a lesbian.

The fact that Baylor felt the need to tell Griner to "hide" her sexuality is beyond stupid, as if her sexuality is going to rub off on the recruits! What's going to hurt Baylor is not Griner being gay, it's their being homophobic.

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