“He Got Mad.. He Wouldn’t Talk to Her”: Brittney Griner Faced Cold Shoulder from Father After Coming Out Years Ago

Published 11/05/2022, 4:45 PM EDT

WNBA star Brittney Griner has been in the news for quite some time now. A Russian court recently upheld the nine-year prison sentence handed to Brittney Griner after rejecting her appeal on October 25. However, many significant developments have happened since then. According to reports, the US Embassy officials paid a visit to the imprisoned WNBA star. The White House is reportedly pushing for a prisoner exchange to bring Brittney back.

Griner always led from the front when it came to LGBTQ issues. She came out to the public in 2013 in a Sports Illustrated interview. However, she had to face a cold shoulder from her father after coming out to her parents.

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Brittney Griner was never hesitant about her sexual orientation ever since she came out. Moreover, she gained a lot of popularity around the world for her bold stance. Griner was among the very few athletes to publicly come out. She also became a role model for not just athletes, but for many others around the world. However, she was also criticized by many, but she continued to stand for what was right.

Despite being part of so many debates around the world, her family accepted her. However, she had to face the cold shoulder of her father when she first came out at home.

Brittney Griner couldn’t win over her father initially after coming out

WNBA star Brittney Griner and her mother appeared for an interview with ESPN five years ago. During the interview, the mother-daughter duo discussed her evolution as a WNBA player. Sandra Griner, Brittney’s mother revealed her own reaction to her daughter coming out. She then went on to reveal how her father reacted.

“I said ‘I love you’. Of course, I’ll always love you, no matter what,” Brittney’s mom said. “She said, ‘ok’, and she went upstairs and I went to the kitchen.”

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Brittney’s mother continued: “He [Brittney’s father] got mad. He wouldn’t say anything and there were times when he wouldn’t talk to her.”

However, as time passed by, her father accepted her for who she was. The two became very close and maintained a good relationship after that.

Griner also opened up on her tough childhood, in which she was bullied in her school. She had a growth spurt, and she had to endure many hate comments while growing up. She was teased and made fun of about her appearance and her height.

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However, she overcame all difficulties and managed to become one of the best WNBA players ever. Her journey to the top is inspiring to many athletes trying to make it to the top.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek Singh is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

Edited By: Satagni Sikder

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