Brittney Griner had a busy WNBA offseason. She played in China, vacationed in Miami and watched from courtside while favorite player LeBron James beat her hometown Houston Rockets.
Now the slam-dunking Griner is signing copies of her book at the Women’s Final Four in Nashville, Tenn. “In My Skin,” released Tuesday by HarperCollins, chronicles her struggles with bullying, sexuality and family acceptance.
Her motivation was to “help other people in need, especially youth, who didn’t have anybody to look up to,” she recently told The Associated Press by phone. “I get a lot of kids writing to me – some adults, too – telling me what they’re going through, asking me for advice.”
Griner, who led Baylor to a 40-0 season and the 2012 NCAA title, came out last April after her final season at the Baptist school that prohibits premarital sex and homosexuality. She writes that she had a positive relationship with Baylor coach Kim Mulkey, but it became strained during her senior season.
Turning pro as the No. 1 pick by the Phoenix Mercury in the 2013 WNBA draft allowed the 6-foot-8, bow-tie wearing Griner more freedom of expression. That includes showing off the cascading floral tattoos on her shoulder and working on anti-bullying campaigns.
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