WNBA’s Candice Wiggins Claims She Was Bullied By Other Players For Not Being Gay

Glenn Minnis - Author

Feb. 23 2017, Updated 4:12 a.m. ET

Recently retired WNBA star Candice Wiggins insists “98 percent” of the women in the league are gay and she was “targeted” throughout her eight-year career for being a heterosexual player.

Wiggins abruptly announced her retirement at 29 last March and in a far-ranging interview with the San Diego Union-Tribune recently pronounced her entire league experience as “toxic.”

The No. 3 pick in the 2008 draft, Wiggins reflected in the interview that the culture in the league was “very, very harmful,” and she never “liked the culture inside” the league’s inner circles.

Ideally, Wiggins claimed she wanted to play two more seasons, but simply came to feel the situation didn’t “lend itself to my mental state.”

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She further claimed she felt targeted from the day the Minnesota Lynx made her one of the top picks in the 2008 draft, largely because she was seen as different from most other players.

“Me being heterosexual and straight, and being vocal in my identity as a straight woman was huge,” she added. “I would say 98 percent of the women in the WNBA are gay women. It was a conformist type of place.”

Presumably as payback for her independence, Wiggins alleged “people were deliberately trying to hurt me all of the time,” she added. “I had never been called the B-word so many times in my life than I was in my rookie season. I’d never been thrown to the ground so much. The message was: ‘We want you to know we don’t like you.'”


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