October 26, 2005

Sheryl Swoopes: "I'm a Lesbian"

WNBA super-star Sheryl Swoopes admits she's a lesbian in ESPN The Magazine. It's being reported in mainstream media as well. I'm more surprised with some of her comments, not her coming out:

Swoopes, honored last month as the WNBA's Most Valuable Player, told ESPN The Magazine for a story on newsstands Wednesday that she didn't always know she was gay and fears that coming out could jeopardize her status as a role model.

"Do I think I was born this way? No," Swoopes said. "And that's probably confusing to some, because I know a lot of people believe that you are."

Swoopes, who was married and has an 8-year-old son, said her 1999 divorce "wasn't because I'm gay."

She said her reason for coming out now is merely because she wants to be honest.

I don't honestly think this will impact her endorsement deals. But maybe I'm naive. Of course, she'll become the target of homophobes and rightists. Let's see how she -- AND THE LEAGUES -- respond/react.

Posted by ronn at October 26, 2005 10:17 AM

I'm confused by her comments too. I'd like her to clarify more about how she feels she became a lesbian. Posted by: j. brotherlove [TypeKey Profile Page] on October 26, 2005 11:38 PM
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