Disgusted Reactions Roll In Labeling Candice Wiggins 'Homophobic' for '98 Percent of WNBA Players Are Gay' Comment

Candice Wiggins

Disgusted Reactions Roll In Labeling Candice Wiggins 'Homophobic' for '98 Percent of WNBA Players Are Gay' Comment

The retired baller's controversial statements weren't supported by many.

Published February 22, 2017

Candice Wiggins had to know her criticism about the WNBA was going to set her up for a wave of severe backlash.

The retired guard, who played in the WNBA from 2008-2015, has been getting just that since calling the league's culture "toxic" and claiming she was bullied for being straight while estimating that "98 percent" of the WNBA's players are gay.

"I wanted to play two more seasons of WNBA, but the experience didn't lend itself to my mental state," Wiggins told The San Diego Union-Tribune earlier this week. "It was a depressing state in the WNBA. It's not watched. Our value is diminished. It can be quite hard. I didn't like the culture inside the WNBA, and without revealing too much, it was toxic for me. My spirit was being broken."

Wiggins added, "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 [the other players] could apply."

To that, everyone from fans to journalists, former and current WNBA players and even one of her old coaches didn't hesitate slam-dunking her controversial comments.

  1. People Didn't Waste Time Calling Wiggins 'Homophobic'

    After making the statements she did, Candice walked right into this label, didn't she?

  2. One person even offered to buy the former baller a book about homophobia in sports

    You did it to yourself, Candice. Now read up.

  3. That Being Said, There Are People Who Think Candice Isn't Homophobic At All And Was Just Speaking About Her Experiences in The WNBA

    But supporters were clearly in the minority.

  4. That's Because Supporters Of The Retired Guard Were Definitely Drowned Out By Those Who Dragged Wiggins

    Facts, though?

  5. Former and Current WNBA Ballers Weren't Feeling Candice's Controversial Comments At All

    If you follow the news in the world of sports many are speaking out about the allegations made by @candice_d_wiggins. Her comments were very inflammatory to many and hurtful to others. Initially I was baffled and befuddled by them and couldn't wrap my mind around the harshness they presented. I love Candice dearly and it hurts my heart to know that her experience within the @wnba wasn't as pleasant as it should've been to her. I feel that having played in 499 games in the Wnba gives me the platform and credibility to speak on my experience during my tenure. I've seen many ugly things take place within the league but I personally have never seen bullying or the league forcing its players to be manly. If anything of the such has happened I would be highly disappointed. I love the WNBA and I love Candice!!! I respect her and her experience completely. I pray that before everyone starts to throw stones at her for her comments, please understand that although she hasn't divulged of names or specific instances, whatever she felt happened to her is REAL TO HER. For that very reason and for the love and respect I have for her, I won't judge her or her pain. As I stated in the article, I pray that she finds the peace she needs to move forward from all of this so that she won't have to suffer in silence any longer. #blessings #love #espnw #espn

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    The fact that veteran ballers like this didn't encounter what Wiggins claims she did doesn't exactly lend heavy credence to her experiences.

  6. Chicago Sky Center Imani Boyette Even Penned An Open Letter to Candice, Letting Her Know That She 'Reinforced Unfair Stereotypes' About WNBA Players

    Imani slam-dunked this all the way home!

  7. One of Wiggins's former coaches even said he didn't experience what Candice claims she did

    Damn! Life is coming at Candice faster than a fast break.

  8. These Thoughts In 2017? Word?

    Think about it...

Written by BET Staff

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