Brittney Griner: It’s A ‘Crime’ To Stop Biological Males From Competing Against Women
US basketball player Brittney Griner, of the Phoenix Mercury, speaks during a news conference at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona on April 27, 2023. - Griner vowed never to play basketball overseas again in an emotional first press conference since being released by Russia as part of a prisoner swap last year. Speaking in Arizona as she prepares to resume her career with the Phoenix Mercury, Griner pledged to keep fighting on behalf of people wrongfully detained around the world.
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WNBA star Brittney Griner, who was freed from a Russian prison late last year in a prisoner swap for a notorious Russian terrorist, decried legislation being pushed across the U.S. that aims to protect biological females from having to compete against biological males.

Bill Rhoden from ESPN asked Griner about the matter during a press conference on Thursday. “You’ve always represented so much throughout your entire career about access and, you know, being able to do stuff, and I hate to put one more thing on your plate, but there have been a number of states who are aggressively moving to prevent transgender athletes from playing,” he began.

“And I was wondering, again, I’d hate to put one more thing on your plate, but in terms of on your radar, where is that?” he asked. “You’re gonna have a tremendous platform, but where is that going to be on your radar in terms of advocating for athletes, all transgender athletes being able to play?”

Griner responded, “I mean, that ranks high on the list of things that I’ll be fighting for and speaking up against, you know, everyone has, everyone deserves the right to play, everyone deserves the right to come here, sit in these seats and feel safe and not feel like there’s a threat or they can’t be who they are or, um, like it’s just all eyes on them.”

“So, I think it’s a crime, honestly, to, to separate someone for any reason,” Griner claimed. “So, I definitely will be speaking up against those, that legislation, and those laws that are trying to be passed for sure.”



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