Brittney Griner poses for ESPN Magazine cover with giant snake

The more the nation gets to know Brittney Griner, the bigger baller she becomes.

Griner became the first player ever to dunk twice in a WNBA game (in her very first one, for that matter, making her a baller in the very literal sense), but before that, she was skateboarding with Tony Hawk and boldly coming out of the closet as a proud gay professional athlete.

Now, the Phoenix Mercury rookie continues to blaze her own trail as the cover athlete for ESPN The Magazine’s “Taboo Issue.” Which is only fitting, since much of Griner’s life has been met with fear and bullying from men and women who do not understand who she is and what she is trying to do — that includes at Baylor, where she was an All-American but was not allowed to talk openly about her sexuality at the Catholic school.

In the ESPN The Magazine piece, Griner says: “I am 100 percent happy. When I was at Baylor, I wasn’t fully happy because I couldn’t be all the way out. It feels so good saying it: I am a strong, black lesbian woman. Every single time I say it, I feel so much better.”

Wonder how that massive snake feels on her 6-foot-8 frame? Weird? Heavy?

Doesn’t matter. If she keeps killin’ it on the basketball court, the WNBA will be feeling good about having perhaps its first legit superstar for the social media generation.

[H/T: For The Win]

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