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Nike Signs Endorsement Deal With Openly Gay WNBA Player Brittney Griner

So often when we talk about someone in professional sports we hear numerous speculations on when there will be an openly gay male but often neglect the female players that are in sports as well. Here’s a story about a WNBA player that has just signed a lucrative deal with Nike, a very LGBT friendly company, that wants to be inclusive to all LGBT sports players. Here’s more:

Chatter about the first openly gay male athlete snagging an endorsement deal has been making headlines for some time. In fact, Nike was reportedly among the companies eager to endorse an out gay player.

Though a male athlete has yet to come forward, women’s college basketball star Brittney Griner nonetheless openly discussed her sexuality in a Sports Illustrated interview last week.

The Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) draft pick and new Phoenix Mercury player has just signed an endorsement deal with NikeLindsay Kagawa Colas, Griner’s sports agent confirmed the exciting news with USA Today.

As noted by SheWired, Griner described the deal as “big time.”

Last June, Nike hosted its first-ever lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) sports summit in Portland, Oregon.

It’s stories like this that remind us that we need to be aware of the other members of this community.