Drafted by the Phoenix Mercury, Griner made headlines when she came out last week, rather nonchalantly, and is seen as a rising star that’s creating a “buzz unmatched” in the league’s 17-year history.
“I think what Brittney Griner alone can bring has never been done in women’s sports,” said former WNBA player Sheryl Swoopes, who herself came out in 2005.
It should come as no surprise that Nike jumped at the chance to sign the buzzworthy Griner as they were among the big-named sponsors eager to work with an openly gay pro athlete.
“It’s big-time, let’s just say that,” Griner told USA Today of the deal. Considering the 22-year-old stands at a big-time 6’8″, it seems fitting.
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