Brittney Griner warns:
“I’m sure people are going to have a lot of critical things to say about these photos: ‘Yo, she’s a man!’ But hey, that’s my body and I look the way I look,” she expressed.
“People are either going to accept me for who I am or they’re not. I don’t know what people think I’m hiding. I just want people to see somebody who embraces being naked, embraces everything about them being different.
ESPN’s 2015 Body Issue is out and athletes from various disciplines indeed: showed out.
Starting with Brittney Griner.
For those of us 5 foot something’s with uh…you know….an occasional passing thought of a pair gams about the height of all five feet something of us, inspiration for our wall is here.
Showing off her 6.8″ 205lb physique, the WBNA standout modeled [in what ESPN says is the purpose of the magazine’s popular editions]: to have a collective of various athletes from varying disciplines pose in the buff illustrating their sport’s stances in and effort to show athletic ability.
Griner was interviewed in the pages of the magazine where she opened up about her insecurities, her childhood, and of course-her infamous (slash) notorious situation with her estranged, pregnant wife: Glory Johnson.
“I definitely lashed out a lot. I definitely got in trouble for fighting. I was just at rock bottom. I was really depressed and really sad…getting teased all the time, people telling me that I’m a freak.”
“You know, you do something, you have to pay the price for it, and I understand that,” Griner told ESPN of the fight. “I understand what I did was wrong. [The incident] was mutual; they call it ‘mutual combat.’ And that’s what it was. But I wish I had walked away…That was my worst decision; I should’ve left. Because it never ends good. Domestic violence is never okay, no matter what the situation.”
“I’m comfortable in my body and I don’t mind putting it on display,”
“Honestly, I like how unique it is. My big arms, my bigger hands, these long legs — I love being different. If everybody was the same, it’d be a boring-ass world.”
The two-time NBA All-Star continued:
“I think my feet are bigger than Kareem’s. They are size 17 men’s! My hands are even bigger than LeBron’s. I could palm a basketball since I was a freshman in high school. For me, it’s a very tall world. Just walking around, it’s kind of like being on display at a museum, like being on display 24/7.”
What in the entire………..who knew that!
Other athletes that got covers include:
O’Dell Beckham Jr.