Megan Rapinoe’s Fiancée Fires “Doesn’t Appreciate LGBT Community” Shot at Sports World

Published 11/14/2022, 7:35 AM EST
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – JULY 20: Megan Rapinoe attends the 2022 ESPYs at Dolby Theatre on July 20, 2022 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)

Sue Bird recently gave her thoughts on a social issue close to her. The newly retired WNBA legend talked about the discrimination that people of under represented communities have to face on a daily basis. Furthermore, she also mentioned fellow retired WNBA superstar Sylvia Fowles and how their identity played a part in their sports career.

During the interview with Adweek, Bird reflected on the incredible run both she and Fowles had in the league. Compared to NBA or other big leagues, the WNBA can be considered significantly new. The league was founded just under three decades ago, in 1996. Therefore, Bird stated that she and Fowles were really among the first batch of WNBA players to have such a prolonged career. Both Fowles and Bird are incredibly talented. However, only Bird seemed to have made it big during her time in the league. While Bird had several big endorsement deals, the same cannot be said for Fowles, who is a two-time WNBA champion and two-time WNBA Finals MVP.

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“The world we live in, the world that the WNBA is trying to thrive in, doesn’t really appreciate [and value] the types of people that are playing in the league.” said Bird.

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Sue Bird is a proud member of the LGBTQ community. Possibly reflecting on her own personal struggles, she shared how some people did not appreciate the two.

She added, “[It] doesn’t appreciate people of color, doesn’t appreciate the LGBT community. When you look at Syl, a Black woman in this world who stands at 6’6”, no one’s looking at her and seeing her talent.”

Sue Bird says fiancee Megan Rapinoe helped her talk about her sexuality

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During an interview with TIME in 2021, Sue Bird revealed how her fiancee persuaded her to publicly reveal her sexuality. While Bird has never shied away from letting her friends and family know, she was skeptical about letting the whole world know. But all she needed was a little nudge from Rapinoe, who is a professional soccer player.

Bird said, “What Megan helped me understand was that, yes, what I was already doing was great, living authentically.”

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Sue Bird entered the WNBA league in 2002 as the first overall Draft pick. After playing for 18 seasons, Bird retired from the league in 2022. Four-time WNBA champion and 13x WNBA All-Star, Sue Bird has established an incredible legacy that very few can match up to.

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Siyari Debbarma

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Siyari Debbarma is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. She is currently pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering from Abascus Institute of Engineering and Management. She previously interned at the Y-East Organization as a content writer.

Edited By: Jayant Chhabra

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