Questioning Griner’s gender? Please, just shut up and go away
By Ray Ratto | CBSSports.com National Columnist
I think we may be looking at this Brittney Griner thing all wrong. Not the playing thing — that we got all right. She’s a hell of a player, maybe unlike any other player in the history of women’s basketball.
But the insulting, offensive and retrograde remarks about her gender — I think we may be going about her defense all wrong by using persuasion and gentle chiding. We may want to simplify our argument to its essentials, to wit:
If you think Brittney Griner is something other than what she purports to be — that is, a woman — then you are an idiot and a coward.
There. That wasn’t so hard to read, was it?
But here I am taking her word on faith, and there’s always the possibility of being wrong, so let’s adjust our earlier assessment of her critics thus:
Unless you are a licensed gynecologist with access to her medical records or have examined her yourself, you don’t get to express a stupid opinion about her, because you know nothing. So shut the hell up.
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Published April 4, 2012