Seattle Storm level guard and 2020 WNBA champion Sue Hen reiterated remarks made by her girlfriend, soccer standout Megan Rapinoe, about why the U.S. ladies’s soccer crew appears to take pleasure in extra public help than the U.S. ladies’s basketball crew and the WNBA in an interview with CNN that aired Saturday.
Hen, talking to Don Riddell of CNN’s “World Sport,” was requested about Rapinoe’s remarks in an Oct. 5 article in The Gamers’ Tribune during which she talked concerning the U.S. ladies’s soccer crew getting broad-based approval for the profitable the Ladies’s World Cup in 2019, and contrasted that to much less consideration paid to ladies’s basketball. Rapinoe wrote that the perceived demographics of the sports activities was a major motive.
Requested by Riddell to summarize that, Hen mentioned, “To be fully blunt, but additionally sort of easy, soccer gamers typically are cute little white ladies. And I feel basketball gamers, we’re all styles and sizes.
“It is 70-80% Black ladies, loads of homosexual ladies. We’re tall; we’re large. And I feel there’s simply perhaps this intimidation issue with that. Individuals are fast to speak about it, choose it, put it down. And soccer, you simply do not see that simply primarily based on how they give the impression of being.”
Hen and the Seattle Storm received the WNBA championship on Oct. 6 within the bubble in Bradenton, Florida. It was Hen’s fourth WNBA title, and she or he additionally has 4 Olympic gold medals. Rapinoe spent the summer time within the bubble with Hen. They have been a pair since 2016.
Rapinoe wrote in her piece for The Gamers’ Tribune that the gamers for the U.S. ladies’s nationwide crew in soccer had been perceived as “straight, cute, unthreatening, suburban white ladies subsequent door. It is not really who we’re — the WNT’s racial variety, although not but the place it must be, is enhancing yearly. And, you recognize, breaking information … I am homosexual. However by and enormous, that is the notion. And it is definitely how we’re marketed to lots of people.”
Riddell requested Hen if the WNBA wanted to market itself in a similar way to how Rapinoe described soccer’s advertising. Hen, who turned 40 on Friday and has been within the WNBA since 2002, mentioned she was a part of an analogous “girl-next-door” advertising strategy that the league tried a number of years in the past. However she mentioned that doesn’t signify loads of the league’s personnel. Hen additionally has spoken prior to now about how limiting and restrictive that view of ladies’s sports activities is.
“The issue will not be the advertising, per se,” Hen informed CNN. “The issue is how society and the way the skin world is prepared to simply accept the lovable lady subsequent door, however not prepared to simply accept, or embrace, or not choose these basketball gamers who’re tall, Black, homosexual.
“That is sort of, to me, the place the problem is. The place I really feel like I’ve realized all through that course of is you must be who you’re. It’s important to be to be true to who you’re and genuine.
“We [the WNBA] are representing all that we’re. We’re representing daily the values that we wish to push ahead in our world. And I really feel like you’ll be able to go to mattress at evening and sleep effectively understanding you are being true to your self, and that is extra necessary than something.”