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.
After making the statements she did, Candice walked right into this label, didn't she?
You did it to yourself, Candice. Now read up.
But supporters were clearly in the minority.
The fact that veteran ballers like this didn't encounter what Wiggins claims she did doesn't exactly lend heavy credence to her experiences.
Imani slam-dunked this all the way home!
Damn! Life is coming at Candice faster than a fast break.
Think about it...
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