Brittney Griner is gone from Baylor, and a legacy as brilliant as any woman's basketball player now includes sharp criticism at a program that gave her the chance to be great, loved her, but not all of her.
Now Griner has written a memoir, "In My Skin", which was co-authored by Sue Hovey. It is scheduled to be released on April 8.
Griner released the memoir early to USA Today, and this time she is now far more critical of Baylor.
She wrote: "I would love to be an ambassador for Baylor, to show my school pride, but it's hard to do that — it's hard to stand up and say, 'Baylor is the best!' — when the administration has a written policy against homosexuality. I've spent too much of my life being made to feel like there's something wrong with me. And no matter how much support I felt as a basketball player at Baylor, it still doesn't erase all the pain I felt there."
Her criticism is pointed at a head coach who publicly defended Griner in the face of abusive comments from fans about her appearance, or anything else. In January of '13, after a game between Baylor and TCU, Mulkey told me: ""I never take that child for granted."
Griner said she had told Mulkey when she was being recruited she was gay. Any college coach should have recruited Griner, but why would Baylor pay for a student's tuition, room and board for four years when they know their lifestyle violates their own practices?
Mulkey wanted to win, felt it was best for everyone involved at Baylor that Griner play for the Bears, and that her player to keep her secret a secret.
Brittney Griner's secret is no longer, and healing can begin. Hopefully the next Brittney Griner does not have to attend school keeping herself locked in a closet.
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