Twitter has once again shown that it is truly the place for cowards to throw darts at people who they wouldn’t dare confront in real life. After Brittney Griner’s amazing performance at the NCAA women’s basketball championship Tuesday, twits started questioning the 6’8” athletes’ sex due to her low voice and athletic ability. Some of the obnoxious tweets were:

 

“it’s a shame Brittney Griner’s sanctimonious basketball skills are overshadowed by her sounding/looking like a man.”

 

“Why is Brittney Griner so good at basketball? Because she’s actually a man. #haveyouheardhertalk.”

 

“My prediction: Baylor’s national championship will be vacated once it is confirmed that Brittney Griner is, in fact a man…”

 

“I hope @SkyDigg4 walks up to Brittney Griner at the end of this game n asks her – MAN pull your D*ck out!? *Pun Intend #NCAAWomensBasketball.”

 

Why it is that when a woman is exceptionally good at a sport her sexual preference is put on blast as if it has anything to do with her talent? I believe it goes back to when we were kids and to be told that you play “like a girl” was an incredible insult. Being male or female has nothing to do with the talent that you were blessed with. It’s beyond sad that an amazing basketball player like Griner can’t get the respect she deserves for perfecting her gift because some feel that women who are great at sports must secretly be a man.

 

SMH at the ignorance.

  • CurlySue

    I think it’s less her athletic ability and more her extreme height and unusually deep voice. I’ll admit that when I heard an interview with her in the background while I was cleaning my house, I thought they were interviewing a male.

  • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com/ Val

    This is about race more than anything else. Rebecca Lobo is a White basketball player who is about as tall a Brittney and has a deeper sounding voice and yet since she’s white no one ever questioned her gender.

    This is something reserved for Black women. Not too long ago Track officials publicly questioned the gender of Black South African runner Caster Semenya after she won the 800 meter World Championship a couple of years ago. They actually put her through all sorts of medical tests before they announced that, guess what, Caster is a woman.

    That was nothing more than a public gender-lynching and so are these racist attacks on Brittney.

    Hang in there Brittney, they are just mad because you’ve already had more success at such a young age then they will have in their whole pitiful lives.

  • JaeBee

    “Why it is that when a woman is exceptionally good at a sport her sexual preference is put on blast as if it has anything to do with her talent?”

    I think you might mean gender identity here.

  • Ocean Blue

    It has nothing to do with ignorance.

    Well, she is masculine in appearance and unattractive (My statement isn’t based on my person opinion, but from what I have seen being said about her on social networks).

    For example, just the another night, I saw a tweet on Twitter where someone stated that Brittney Griner is the female Anthony Davis (College basketball player for University of Kentucky).

  • girlformerlyknownasgrace

    This reminds me of the Olympic runner who was accused of having masculine attributes, what was her name?

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