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WNBA Players Comment On Candice Wiggins’ Bullying Statement

WNBA Players Comment On Candice Wiggins’ Bullying Statement

Recently-retired WNBA player Candice Wiggins created ripples when she called out what she described as a “very, very harmful” bullying culture, and though league officials have yet to comment, coaches and players are weighing in.

In a San Diego Union-Tribune story on Wiggins — who played on four teams over an eight-year career — she claimed that “98 percent” of WNBA players are gay, many of whom harassed her for being heterosexual. She also called it a “depressing state” in the WNBA, a league which is “not watched.”

The WNBA hasn’t released a statement, despite requests from multiple news outlets. However, multiple personalities from across the league shared their two cents on the issue.

San Antonio Stars forward Monique Currie said that over the course of her 11-year career, she never witnessed the type of bullying Wiggins allegedly endured.

“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,” Currie wrote in her blog. “We are a family made up of players that love and respect the game of basketball.”

WNBA champion and four-time All-Star Ticha Penicheiro echoed that sentiment.

“I don’t want to discredit (Wiggins’) experience, if indeed she felt that,” Penicheiro said, per ESPN. “But ‘nobody cares about the WNBA’ and ’98 percent of the league is gay’ are completely false statements. So it’s harder for me to give her personal experience credibility when those things are completely false.”

Many current players voiced their opinions on Twitter as well.

Wiggins’ former coach Gary Kloppenburg chimed in, too.

Wiggins hasn’t spoken to the media after the bullying allegations but she says she’ll be writing a book about her WNBA experiences.

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