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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

WNBA: Players Dispute Candace Wiggins’ Allegations of Being Bullied Because She’s Not Gay

Posted by DJ Yeroc on 11:55 AM


Photo Credit: Candace Wiggins Instagram

Former WNBA player Candace Wiggins started a firestorm after her claims about the WNBA began to spread.  Wiggins said the WNBA is 98% gay women, and that she was bullied mentally and physically for being straight.  The WNBA front office declined to comment “for now,” but individual players spoke out to refute Wiggins claims.

DeLisha Milton-Jones, who won two WNBA titles and appeared in more games than any player in league history, said she was baffled by Wiggins’ remarks.

“I know Candice as a sweet, intelligent young lady,” said Milton-Jones, who now is an assistant coach at Pepperdine. “I don’t want to take anything from her experiences while in the league, so I can only speak for what I experienced firsthand. And it’s in complete contradiction of what’s been stated by Candice.

“The WNBA has allowed many of us to live a dream. I pray that Candice does find peace with her life and is able to move forward without devaluing or diminishing what’s been priceless to so many others in the league.”

Monique Currie, an 11-year WNBA veteran now with San Antonio, wrote a blog in which she expressed concern for Wiggins but also called on her for accountability in making public, broad-based accusations without much context or explanation of whether she tried to change or impact the treatment of players in the league.

“I’ve never witnessed the kind of bullying Wiggins describes in her interview,” Currie wrote. “This does not mean it did not happen, but I’m proud to be a part of a league that supports inclusion and celebrates all players, regardless of their race, religion, or sexuality. We are a family made up of players that love and respect the game of basketball.”

And Chicago center Imani Boyette, a WNBA rookie last season who grew up admiring Wiggins, wrote in a blog addressed to Wiggins:

“There is literally a woman from every walk of life in the league, which is why I love it so much. I have never experienced the bullying you spoke about, and I hope no one else ever does.”

Wiggins declined to discuss her remarks with ESPN but says she hopes to publish a memoir about her experiences.

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