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Griner: Mulkey told me to stay mum

Image: Brittney Griner & Baylor coach Kim Mulkey (© Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Brittney Griner says Baylor coach Kim Mulkey wanted her to keep her sexuality under wraps.
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Brittney Griner is comfortable with her sexuality. The former Baylor star, however, told ESPN The Magazine that the same can not be said of Bears coach Kim Mulkey.

"It was a recruiting thing," Griner said during recent interviews with ESPN The Magazine and espnW. "The coaches thought that if it seemed like they condoned it, people wouldn't let their kids come play for Baylor."

Griner, who is going to play with the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA, said during the interviews that she has been open about her sexuality since she was a freshman in high school in Houston.

Mulkey, however, wasn’t interested in it becoming an issue in Waco with Baylor, a private Baptist school.

"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," said Griner, who formally came out last month. "They kind of tried to make it, like, 'Why put your business out on the street like that?' "

In its student handbook, Baylor has a "Statement on Human Sexuality" that discusses the biblical norm of "fidelity in marriage between a man and a woman." The handbook includes an admonition to students that reads: "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."

In a statement issued by Baylor, Mulkey said, "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."

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