Women

04.28.13

Nike Signs Brittney Griner, Openly Gay Athlete

Baylor star says, “I’ve always been open about who I am and my sexuality.”

First, Brittney Griner gets Mark Cuban interested in signing her for the Dallas Mavericks, and now she is the first openly gay female athlete to sign a deal with Nike—is there anything Griner can’t do? The basketball star from Baylor came out last week in Sports Illustrated, saying, “I’ve always been open about who I am and my sexuality.” The announcement came just days before Nike announced a huge endorsement deal with Griner—which Griner called “big time” but didn’t disclose any numbers—the first time Nike has signed an openly gay female athlete. Apparently, Nike has been eager to sign to sign a gay athlete, although finding an openly gay-male athlete has proved difficult.