Originally posted on College Spun  |  Last updated 5/19/13
Photo via @brittneygriner One of the biggest issues that is coming to the forefront of sports today is homosexuality in the locker room (Jason Collins really put the issue front and center just a few weeks ago). Many feel that now is a time when teams and players are finally comfortable with having homosexual teammates. After finishing up her basketball career at Baylor in April, star Brittney Griner, now with the Phoenix Mercury, announced that she was a lesbian. This was big news in the world of college sports, but in an interview with Sports Illustrated, Griner revealed that it was not actually news to her family or her friends. She had in fact been openly gay since her freshman year of high school: “It really wasn’t too difficult, I wouldn’t say I was hiding or anything like that. I’ve always been open about who I am and my sexuality. So, it wasn’t hard at all. If I can show that I’m out and I’m fine and everything’s OK, then hopefully the younger generation will definitely feel the same way.” Now, we have a new report via ESPN The Magazine in which Griner indicated that she had to keep her homosexuality private at Baylor, so that she would not hurt recruiting, according to head coach Kim Mulkey. Is it right or fair of Mulkey to order Griner to stay quiet? College is supposed to be a time of great personal growth where boys and girls turn into men and women — in turn, coaches are supposed to be teachers, mentors, and support systems for their players. Surely Mulkey should have helped Griner further embrace herself as a person, right? It will definitely be interesting to see if the NCAA steps in or comments on this at all.
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