Openly gay women’s college basketball star Brittney Griner is having an amazing year that seems to be getting better and better with each passing day. Earlier this month she was selected as the number one overall WNBA draft pick by the Phoenix Mercury.
“It’s humbling, it’s a true honor to be a part of this league. It’s a dream come true. I feel like a little kid in Disney World for the first time. …I definitely felt like I was going to have a heart attack,” the rising star said of Phoenix’s draft selection.
Now, we’ve learned that the 22-year-old Houston native just inked an exclusive endorsement deal with American multinational corporation, Nike. USA Today reports that Griner’s sports agent, Lindsay Kagawa Coles announced the deal.
“It’s big-time, let’s just say that,” Griner said of her new endorsement.
Aside from her stellar athletic ability, Griner is also widely known for her decision to openly discuss her sexuality with Sports Illustrated, “coming out of the closet.”
“It was’t too difficult. I wouldn’t say I was hiding or anything like that. I’ve always been open about who I am and my sexuality… If I can show that I’m out and I’m fine and everything’s OK, then hopefully the younger generation will definitely feel the same way,” she said of her chat with Sports Illustrated.
The soon-to-be WNBA star recently took to her Twitter page to express her excitement about the new partnership with Nike.
Specifics of the endorsement have to be released, but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that this is a pretty huge deal.
Way to go Brittney!