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Brittney Griner, left, shakes hands with WNBA President Laurel J. Richie after the Phoenix Mercury selected Griner as the No. 1 pick in the WNBA basketball draft, Monday, April 15, 2013, in Bristol, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)$RETURN$$RETURN$

Brittney Griner, the dominant and decorated Baylor Lady Bears basketball star who was taken as the No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft earlier this week, discussed being gay in an interview published Wednesday.

In a conversation about athletes and sexuality with Sports Illustrated, Griner discusses coming out, saying “It really wasn’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. So, it wasn’t hard at all. 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.”

To see a video of the discussion with Griner, along with WNBA top picks Elena Delle Donne and Skylar Diggins, click here: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/video/si-video/20130417/wnba-draft.sportsillustrated/

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