These comments are bound to ruffle a few feathers.
Although Candice Wiggins announced her retirement last March and is being inducted into the San Diego Hall of Champions’ Bretibard Hall of Fame, the basketball star does not have good memories of the WNBA.
The Stanford graduate told the San Diego Union-Tribune that she was bullied throughout her eight-year career because she was heterosexual.
The former Minnesota Lynx player said:
“Me being heterosexual and straight, and being vocal in my identity as a straight woman was huge… I would say 98 percent of the women in the WNBA are gay women. It was a conformist type of place. There was a whole different set of rules [the other players] could apply.”
Wiggins says she was also harassed for her appearance, and for her basketball technique.
“There was a lot of jealousy and competition, and we’re all fighting for crumbs… The way I looked, the way I played ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ those things contributed to the tension.
As a result, the Baltimore-native claims she was victim to both verbal and physical attacks.
“People were deliberately trying to hurt me all of the time. I had never been called the B-word so many times in my life than I was in my rookie season. I’d never been thrown to the ground so much. The message was: ├óΓé¼╦£We want you to know we don’t like you.'”
What an eyebrow-raising interview…
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