BRITTNEY GRINER Featured in ESPNs 2015 Body Issue Among Six-Cover Athlete Spreads w/BRYCE HARPER, NATALIE COUGHLIN, ODELL BECKHAM JR., AMANDA BINGSON, CHANTE MCMILLAN, KEVIN LOVE,

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.

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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.”

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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!

 

Credit: Paola Kudacki for ESPN The Magazine
Credit: Paola Kudacki for ESPN The Magazine

 

 

 

Other athletes that got covers include:

Bryce Harper

Natalie Coughlin

O’Dell Beckham Jr.

Amanda Bingson

Chante McMillan

Kevin Love