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No one is backing up Candice Wiggins’ controversial WNBA bullying claims

Wiggins made some bold claims.
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Former WNBA player Candice Wiggins said the league has a “very, very harmful” bullying culture, and though league officials have yet to comment, coaches and players are weighing in.

In a San Diego Union-Tribune story on Wiggins who played on four teams over an eight-year career she claimed that “98 percent” of WNBA players are gay, many of whom harassed her for being heterosexual. She also called it a “depressing state” in the WNBA, a league which is “not watched.”

The WNBA hasn’t released a statement, despite requests from multiple news outlets.

But plenty of players are speaking up after Monday’s story, adding context to a Union-Tribune piece that only includes one source: Wiggins.

San Antonio Stars forward Monique Currie said that over the course of her 11-year career, she never witnessed the type of bullying Wiggins allegedly endured.

“This does not mean it did not happen but I’m proud to be a part of a league that supports inclusion and celebrates all players regardless of their race, religion or sexuality,” Currie wrote in her blog. “We are a family made up of players that love and respect the game of basketball.”

WNBA champion and four-time All-Star Ticha Penicheiro echoed that sentiment.

“I don’t want to discredit (Wiggins’) experience, if indeed she felt that,” Penicheiro said, per ESPN. “But ‘nobody cares about the WNBA’ and ’98 percent of the league is gay’ are completely false statements. So it’s harder for me to give her personal experience credibility when those things are completely false.”

Many current players voiced their opinions on Twitter as well.

Wiggins’ former coach Gary Kloppenburg chimed in, too.

“It’s important that we establish what it means to have the right to speak out, but also what it means to be accountable for what you say,” said Atlanta guard Layshia Clarendon, who’s played four seasons in the WNBA. “Because what Candice is saying includes stereotypes and damaging words to an entire group.”

Clarendon also posted a series of tweets Wednesday in response to Wiggins.

Wiggins hasn’t spoken to the media since the story broke. She hopes to write a memoir describing her experiences in the league, according to espnW.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/02/22/wnba-candice-wiggings-gay-bullying/