A former major league basketball star has claimed she was bulled for being heterosexual in the sport, which she alleges is “98% gay”.
Candice Wiggins had played for several teams throughout the Women’s National Basketball Association, including Minnesota Lynx, Tulsa Shock, Los Angeles Sparks and New York Liberty.
In an interview this week the player, who last year retired after 8 seasons, blamed the “toxic” culture of the league for her decision to quit.
Speaking to the San Diego Union Tribune, she claimed: ” I didn’t like the culture inside the WNBA, and without revealing too much, it was toxic for me.
“Me being heterosexual and straight, and being vocal in my identity as a straight woman was huge.
“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. 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. I’d never been thrown to the ground so much. The message was: ‘We want you to know we don’t like you’.”
She added: “I wanted to play two more seasons of WNBA, but the experience didn’t lend itself to my mental state.
“It was a depressing state in the WNBA. It’s not watched. Our value is diminished. It can be quite hard.