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Retired WNBA player: I was bullied for being heterosexual

Candice Wiggins, shown celebrating the 2011 WNBA title, now says she was bullied by homosexual teammates because she is straight.
Candice Wiggins, shown celebrating the 2011 WNBA title, now says she was bullied by homosexual teammates because she is straight. AP

Retired WNBA player Candice Wiggins has been trending on social media and making national headlines since she told the San Diego Union-Tribune in a story published Monday that she was bullied during her eight-year career because she is heterosexual.

She went on to claim that the league is “98 percent” gay and that as a straight woman she was forced to play in a “toxic” environment.

“Me being heterosexual and straight, and being vocal in my identity as a straight woman was huge,” said Wiggins, a Stanford graduate. “I would say 98 percent 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.”

The issue of homosexuality and homophobia in women’s college basketball was the subject of a Miami Herald report in 2014.

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.

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