Brittney Griner did not win the best male athlete award last night at the ESPYs despite frequent objections by internet trolls.
Griner, who won the "Best College Athlete Award" last night, was bullied last night via Twitter throughout the ESPYs. Griner is openly gay and is one of the only women who can dunk at will in the WNBA. Apparently these are bad things that make people doubt her gender.
One user writes: Brittney Griner nominated not only for best female athlete but best male athlete as well.
Another adds: My pick for Best Male Athlete at tonight's
#ESPYS? Easy, Brittney Griner.
Griner was on Twitter last night during the award show so she probably saw a few of the immature comments made at her expense. Of course, it isn't like Griner hasn't heard these things before.
In a recent interview with the LA Times, Griner said that she's learned to "rise above" all of the hate.
Griner said: "When I was younger, it really bothered me to the point where I was like 'I don't even want to be alive; why am I getting treated like that?' But as I got older, I started caring less."
Griner said that she decided to come out because she wanted to give young girls someone to look up to as a role model.
Griner said: "I didn't have a real role model that I could look up to that was out openly... I knew there were a lot of younger girls that needed someone."
Here's a video of Brittney Griner talking about her decision to come out.
Are you surprised that Brittney Griner is still being bullied?
My pick for Best Male Athlete at tonight's #ESPYS? Easy, Brittney Griner.
— Happy Gilmore (@_Happy_Gilmore) July 17, 2013
LeBron James has edged out Brittney Griner for Best Male Athlete. #ESPYS[Image Via Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com]
— Tim Tebow (@Faux_TimTebow) July 18, 2013