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Out Gay WNBA Top Draft Pick Brittney Griner Signs with Nike

Brittney Griner, the WNBA's top draft pick who's now headed to play for the Phoenix Mercury, has signed a deal with Nike, USA Today reports:

B_grinerLindsay Kagawa Colas, who represents Griner, confirmed to USA TODAY Sports that Griner signed a deal with Nike on Saturday.

"It's big-time, let's just say that," Griner said of the deal.

Two weeks ago, former Phoenix Suns executive Rick Welts told Bloomberg that Nike was interested in sponsoring openly gay pro athletes.

Said Welts to Bloomberg: “They made it clear to me Nike would embrace it. The player who does it, they’re going to be amazed at the additional opportunities that are put on the table, not the ones that are taken off.”

Nice to see Nike keeping its promise. Who's next?

(via shewired)

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  1. Good for her!
    Good Morning America just did a great piece on Alan Gendreau, the gay kicker who's looking for a spot in the NFL.

    Posted by: Jeff | Apr 26, 2013 7:26:57 AM

  2. Can't wait to see her play. Go Merc!

    Posted by: jakeinlove | Apr 26, 2013 12:38:43 PM

  3. Wondering if Alan Gendreau is participating in the NFL draft this week... Anyone know? Man, if he were picked up by a team, I can't imagine any female fans having an issue with him...he is beautiful! Really hope he gets picked by a team.

    Posted by: AriesMatt | Apr 26, 2013 4:07:47 PM

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