Heterosexual Players face discrimination in the WNBA for being straight, according to Candice Wiggins.

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Professional female basketball players who are not lesbians are at least bisexuals face tremendous discrimination and bullying in the NBA, according to Candice Wiggins, the former Minnesota Lynx player.

Wiggins says the WNBA which is about 98% gay according to her. treated straight players viciously and this treatment forced her out of the league in 2016, two years earlier than she had plan to retire.

“I didn’t like the culture inside the WNBA, and without revealing too much, it was toxic for me,” Wiggins said.

“My spirit was being broken. Me being heterosexual and straight, and being vocal in my identity as a straight woman was huge. I would say 98% of the women in the WNBA are gay women. It was a conformist type of place. There was a whole different set of rules they the other players could apply,” she continued.

Wiggins was the No. 3 pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft, and won a championship with the Minnesota Lynx in 2011. She retired last Martch.

Since Wiggins left the NBA she has began training to become a professional beach volleyball player.



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