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Hoops Star Brittney Griner Says Baylor Asked Her To Stay In The Closet

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A female athlete who recently came out of the closet finally revealed one of the reasons it took her so long to announce her sexual orientation.

Former Baylor star and future WNBA player Brittney Griner said that her coach at Baylor, Kim Mulkey, asked her to keep her sexuality a secret because it would hurt recruiting at the school.

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"It was a recruiting thing," Griner said. "The coaches thought that if it seemed like they condoned it, people wouldn't let their kids come play for Baylor.”

Even though it wasn’t talked about openly, most people were aware of Griner’s situation.

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"I told Coach [Mulkey] when she was recruiting me. I was like, 'I'm gay. I hope that's not a problem,' and she told me that it wasn't," Griner said. "I mean, my teammates knew, obviously they all knew. Everybody knew about it."

She elaborated:

"It was more of a unwritten law [to not discuss your sexuality] ... it was just kind of, like, one of those things, you know, just don't do it," Griner said Friday. "They kind of tried to make it, like, 'Why put your business out on the street like that?'"

Mulkey declined to comment on Grimer’s assertion, but said in a statement: "Brittney Griner represented Baylor University proudly on and off the basketball court, and she leaves behind an incredible legacy. I cannot comment on personal matters surrounding any of our student-athletes, but I can tell you Brittney will always be a celebrated member of the Baylor family."

Baylor University has a "Statement on Human Sexuality" in its student handbook. Under the label "Sexual Misconduct," it says: "Christian churches across the ages and around the world have affirmed purity in singleness and fidelity in marriage between a man and a woman as the biblical norm. Temptations to deviate from this norm include both heterosexual sex outside of marriage and homosexual behavior. It is thus expected that Baylor students will not participate in advocacy groups which promote understandings of sexuality that are contrary to biblical teaching."

Before being chosen by the Phoenix Mercury with the No. 1 overall pick in last month’s WNBA draft, Griner publicly came out as gay, The LA Times reported.

Sources: The LA Times, ESPNW