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.

  • Dalili

    **correction: Ms. Samenya is from South Africa not Angola.

  • binks

    Honestly, I don’t think she is being called a man because she is athletic; there are plenty of women in sports whose gender never gotten questions. I think that because Britney Griner has a deep voice and looks a bit masculine in appearance to some that they question her but I don’t think it has anything to do with her being an athlete. But she and her team is still the champs so what does it matter…shrugs But I do agree with Val that this issue comes up a lot with black female athletes…i.e. the Williams sisters, the Olympic runner like mention, etc.

  • jw

    Maybe it’s because she actually does look more like a man than a woman.

  • Ms. Information

    Just viewed an interview on youtube…she looks and sounds like a man, it has nothing to do with her being black…no race card can be pulled on this one, sorry.

  • Cherish

    I was thinking of Caster Semenya when reading this story. Just because Griner is athletic with a deep voice, it doesn’t mean that she is male!!!!!! Y’all haven’t heard of tomboys?

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