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Candice Wiggins Bullied for Being Straight in '98 Percent Gay' WNBA

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Candice Wiggins #11 of the Minnesota Lynx looks at the benches during a break in action against the Indiana Fever during Game Three of the 2012 WNBA Finals on Oct. 19, 2012, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 22 Feb 2017 10:10 AM

Candice Wiggins claims she was bullied for being straight in the WNBA, which she described as a 98-percent gay league.

Wiggins didn’t appear to have any gripes with the WNBA when she retired last year, but her perspective on the league that she gave eight years of her life to has changed since then, according to The Washington Post.

Wiggins recently opened up about there being sexual politics in the WNBA, claiming that she was a victim of bullying during her career in the league because of her sexual preference.

“Me being heterosexual and straight, and being vocal in my identity as a straight woman was huge,” Wiggins said, according to The San Diego Union Tribune. “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.”

“There was a lot of jealousy and competition, and we’re all fighting for crumbs,” Wiggins added. “The way I looked, the way I played – those things contributed to the tension.”

“People were deliberately trying to hurt me all of the time. I had never been called the B-word so many times in my life than I was in my rookie season,” she said. “I’d never been thrown to the ground so much. The message was: ‘We want you to know we don’t like you.’”

In 2015, Wiggins spoke with ESPNW’s Mechelle Voepel during a Pride Night, which was being hosted by the WNBA’s Chicago Sky, at the time. That night, Wiggins’ remarks reflected a different state of mind than where she is today.

“Taking this stance, it is really nice,” Wiggins told Voepel. “It’s good to open up the conversation, to get people more comfortable with things that maybe before they didn’t identify with. I was just talking about it to one of my teammates: ‘What if the NBA got into having a Pride Night? I wonder what it would be like.’ But I think we’re setting a great example.”

Wiggins, 30, was named an All-American all four years she played at Stanford in college. In her eight seasons in the WNBA, she was able to win a championship ring while playing for the Minnesota Lynx.

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