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Report: Baylor coach told Griner not to talk about her sexuality

May 18, 2013, 5:20 PM EDT

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Former Baylor player and current WNBA top draft pick Britney Griner made it quite clear recently that she has no problem talking about her sexuality. She spoke with Sports Illustrated shortly after her college career ended, and was candid about something that is, frankly, not really anybody’s business. We now know why she never mentioned it publicly prior to that interview. Her coach implored her and others to keep their sexual preferences quiet while they were in her program.

In an ESPNW/ESPN the Magazine interview, Griner once again talked openly about her experiences.

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

Griner apparently made Mulkey aware of her sexuality during the recruiting process, and was assured that it would not be an issue. Baylor is a private university affiliated with the Baptist church. The school has a written policy against premarital sex, be it hetero- or homosexual.

Griner told the Magazine that Mulkey believed that media revelations about player sexuality would undermine recruiting efforts at the conservative institution.

Eric Angevine is the editor of Storming the Floor. He tweets @stfhoops.

  1. cranespy - May 18, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    I commend Brittany for her candor, honesty and humility. It was obvious to me years ago that Mulkey was an egomaniac who cared only for how SHE looked. Cut the BS Coach….you have a kid that is wise beyond her years and whom served your program and your university quite well. Go take a long look in the mirror Kim it’s not about appearances nor is it about championships….it’s about character and most important of all it’s about acceptance.

  2. tombstone7 - May 18, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Good for Briner for clearing the air. I was under the impression that Briner was a guy posing as a female basketball player……didn’t really matter to me!

  3. nightrain42 - May 19, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    This is as bad as Rosie O’Donnell coming out. Who didn’t know she was lesbian? Nothing wrong with that, but what’s the big deal?

  4. vols84 - May 19, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    This is a non story. Baylor is a private Christian school. What did she expect from an employee of a private Christian school? There is a policy that each employee has to adhere to or seek employment elsewhere. No fault by the coach.

  5. bigmeechy74 - May 19, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Yep. What we need is more christians! We need more people saying the earth is 6,000 years old and trying to get their myths taught as science in schools! We need more people denying evolution and holding back our children’s education. We need more people actually thinking Noah’s ark and Adam and Eve are true stories! Let’s try to stay as backward as possible! That’s what this country needs!

    • bigmeechy74 - May 19, 2013 at 11:27 AM

      There should be a separate site about women’s college basketball for the 8 people that actually care

    • goodsmack01 - May 20, 2013 at 4:15 PM

      There is nothing in the bible that says the earth did not exist prior to the existence of mankind. Only that “the earth was without form.” Which isn’t to say it didn’t exist before.

      And besides, I’d rather believe in God and be wrong and not believe in God and be wrong.

      • bigmeechy74 - May 21, 2013 at 3:12 AM

        I don’t care what the bible says about the earth or mankind because it isn’t true. You should look in to something called “science” if you are really interested about the earth and the origins of man. And your “rather be right than wrong just in case” is the most pathetic, flimsy reason for believing in something. Just hedging your bets huh? Awesome. That’s called “pascal’s wager.” And it doesn’t hold up.

  6. jrs45 - May 19, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Griner is a dude that likes women. That’s not a lesbian lol.

  7. cleonslamminsalmon - May 19, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    No harm done by the coach. If she was out, she wouldn’t have been able to go to Baylor. Of course the coach told her not to say anything. Who wouldn’t want a 6’8″ dude on the team??

  8. northstarnic - May 19, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Meh. Who cares….

  9. cranespy - May 20, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    All I’m saying is…..Mulkey wanted it on the “down low” and Griner showed class by honoring her coach. Griner took the high road and played on despite the lack of acceptance from her head coach. That just isn’t right…..if Mulkey was deferring to the strict Baptist code on which Baylor was founded she would not have compromised that code by recruiting a lesbian. Instead she chose to take advantage of Griner’s size and ability by playing the “SHHHHH” card. That makes it okay. Please Coach your actions speak far louder than your words.

    Now about that little rip your jacket off temper tantrum…..

  10. hauts81 - May 25, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Because so many other college players talk about their sex lives in the media, right?

  11. jdillydawg - Jun 1, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    I fail to see how Mulkey telling Griner not to talk about her sexuality means she didn’t accept it. But what does sexuality have to do with anyone’s skill on the floor/field? Why is it anyone’s business?

    If we insist it’s our business because we need more role models or something, well, isn’t just playing well and staying out of trouble enough?

    That said, if we really need to know these things, shouldn’t we then ask all athletes what type of man/woman they prefer? Do they like big butts? Big breasts maybe? Hair? No Hair? I mean, I really think we need to know. After all, foot fetishists need role models too…

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