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Brittney Griner, Who Has Openly Bashed Gender Norms, Once Confessed Ugly Dispute With Father: “Accept Your Daughter and Take Her for What She Is”

Published 07/17/2022, 5:30 PM EDT

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Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner is all over the news currently. She started making headlines when she was a prospect coming into the WNBA draft.

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However, her actions on the basketball court are not the primary reason behind all the criticism she is facing. Griner was detained in Russia a few months ago when the officials detained her for carrying illegal drugs.

The Russian Federal Customs Service claims to have found vape cartridges containing the marijuana concentrate hashish oil in Griner’s luggage. (Source: CBS Sports)


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Following a court order in a Russian court a few days ago, Griner has been detained there. This has triggered lots of attention from both the NBA world and outside of it. LeBron James most famously gave his opinions regarding the situation a few days ago.

Apart from being one of the best athletes in the league, Griner is also quite vocal about social issues, particularly the LGBTQ community. She talks about her life as a lesbian openly and also touches upon how society views her.

Moreover, Griner was also subjected to discrimination growing up. Her father was not open to accepting Griner for who she was and this caused the Phoenix star to suffer mentally. Her father, Ray, once declared that he “wasn’t raising any lesbian.”

My dad always told me to just be who I was, but I don’t think he knew exactly how I took it,said Griner. “He finally got on board that either you accept your daughter and take her for what she is and you unconditionally love her, or you’re not going to have her,” according to her best friend from high school.

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Brittney Griner was already a star before she made her entry into the league. Playing for her college team, she has a record of having over 2,000 points and 500 blocks. 

She was drafted by the Phoenix Mercury during the 2013 draft as the first overall pick. In her 9 seasons in the WNBA, Griner averages 17.7 points, 1.8 assists, and 7.6 rebounds. 


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Written by:

Abhinava Ghosh


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Abhinava is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Journalism and Mass Communication. Abhinava has been following NBA for the past 6 years and is a huge fan of the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry.
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