Griner’s tears aren’t for her own pain, though. They derive from relating to others who are bullied. Griner said she has been picked on since a young age for her size, her tomboyish style, her “masculine presence” as she puts it and her sexuality.
“I brush that off. People always have something to say. Back then, when I was younger, it was tough,” she explained.
For those wondering, Griner has heard all the jabs. She reads the social media comments and blocks it out, but they still resonate.
“I heard, ‘Oh she’s in the right league now, she should have been in the NBA anyway because she’s a man, she has a penis.’ It’s ignorant, it’s stupid, but yeah, I read all of that,” Griner said. “You can say mean things, but you’re doing it behind a screen. I don’t block them (on Twitter) unless they keep commenting. If you block them, then you give them the attention, that’s what they want. I’m not going to give them that thrill.”
“I just feel like, who cares what they say. When you’re doing something good and you’re on top, someone’s always going to have something bad to say.”
When Griner was younger, she used to go to her brother for support. “We’d talk about it without talking about it,” she said.
She also took the advice of her parents, who always encouraged her to be herself. Griner has always embraced that advice, and it gave her the courage to open up to her parents about her sexuality.
“My parents didn’t know at the time,” she said. “I hadn’t come out completely. It was kind of like, YOU KNOW…I just hadn’t said it. My dad and my mom have always told me ‘be who you are.’ At the time (chuckling), they probably weren’t sure what I was interpreting that as.”
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