A WNBA star broke ranks with the league to expose the pervasive culture of homosexuality in the women's sport. It's an open secret that 98 percent of WNBA players are lesbians or bisexuals -- although the league vigorously denies the statistic.
Candice Wiggins, who was the 3rd pick in the 2008 WNBA draft, says the league is dominated by lesbians who apply their own set of rules.
In an interview with the San Diego Tribune, Wiggins described a “very, very harmful” lesbian culture running throughout the WNBA.
Wiggins said she was bullied by the aggressive lesbian players in the league.
She said the constant harassment led her to retire early from the WNBA in 2015.
Wiggins said the level of bullying and the "toxic" lesbian culture broke her spirit.
“It wasn’t like my dreams came true in the WNBA. It was quite the opposite,” Wiggins told the San Diego Tribune.
“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. I didn’t like the culture inside the WNBA, and without revealing too much, it was toxic for me. … My spirit was being broken.”
The 30-year-old star played for the Lynx, Shock, Sparks and Liberty WNBA teams during her short career.
She said the lesbian players who dominate the league were intimidated by her heterosexuality and her refusal to be recruited into their gay lifestyle.
“Me being heterosexual and straight, and being vocal in my identity as a straight woman was huge,” Wiggins said. “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."
Wiggins was dismayed by a culture that encouraged athletic females to look and act like men.
“It comes to a point where you get compared so much to the men, you come to mirror the men,’ she said. “So many people think you have to look like a man, play like a man to get respect. I was the opposite. I was proud to a be a woman, and it didn’t fit well in that culture.”