Basketball star claims she was abused for being heterosexual

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 19: Candice Wiggins #11 of the Minnesota Lynx looks at the benches during a break in action against the Indiana Fever during Game Three of the 2012 WNBA Finals on October 19, 2012 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Candice Wiggins says that she used to be bullied and abused because of being straight in a sport she believes to be almost completely gay. The sportsman who had played for several teams throughout the Women’s National Basketball Association, including Minnesota Lynx, Tulsa Shock, Los Angeles Sparks and New York Liberty spoke to San Diego Union Tribune saying: I didn’t like the culture inside the WNBA, and without revealing too much, it was toxic for me. 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 they (meaning the rest of players) could apply. There was a lot of jealousy and competition, and we’re all fighting for crumbs. The way I looked, the way I played – those things contributed to the tension. 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: ‘We want you to know we don’t like you’.” At the end Wiggins added that she would remain in sports for longer, but the attitude of her teammates to her brought her into depression and her mental condition did not allow her to move forward in her career.


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