The WBNA season is well under way and fans of this talent-loaded league are already waiting eagerly to see their favorite teams compete for this year’s World Championship.
The Los Angeles Sparks WBNA franchise currently holds the most coveted spot as the reigning champions. Led by their star power forward Candace Parker, the Sparks have a 10-3 record and are ranked second among the top teams in the WNBA’s Western Conference. They are right on the heels of the top-ranked Minnesota Lynx ball club (11-1).
However, another woman who shares Parker’s first name that is a former shooting guard for the Minnesota Lynx stirred up some controversy, which made headlines earlier this year. The letters in those headlines formed words that worked together to cast the WNBA is a very negative light.
Candice Wiggins (pictured) played her very last game in the WNBA in 2015 prior to announcing her retirement on March 22, 2016. Wiggins, 30, retired from the sport she has loved since childhood without suffering a career-ending injury. Many analysts of the league felt that Wiggins had plenty of time left in her career.
But a 2017 report by the San Diego Union-Tribune (which covered an interview the newspaper conducted with Wiggins) opened up a can of worms for the WNBA. In her stinging exposé, the former WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year accused the league of harboring a gay culture, which she stated was “very, very harmful.”
Wiggins told the Union-Tribune that the bullying she endured for identifying herself as a straight woman “broke her spirit.” “I would say 98 percent of the women in the WNBA are gay women. It was a conformist type of place. There was a whole different set of rules they (the other players) could apply,” Wiggins said in her interview.
“People were deliberately trying to hurt me all of the time. I had never been called the B-word so many times in my life than I was in my rookie season. I’d never been thrown to the ground so much. The message was: ‘We want you to know we don’t like you,’” she continued.
More currently, Wiggins has switched career gears from being an athlete to becoming an author. She is reportedly penning a book with a working title called “The WNBA Diaries.” A tentative release date for Wiggins’ book has not been published as of today.