â€œMe being heterosexual and straight, and being vocal in my identity as a straight woman was huge. I would say 98 percent of the women in the WNBA are gay women. It was a conformist type of place,â€ Wiggins charged. â€œThere was a whole different set of rules they (the other players) could apply. There was a lot of jealousy and competition, and weâ€™re all fighting for crumbs. The way I looked, the way I played â€“ those things contributed to the tension.â€
â€œPeople were deliberately trying to hurt me all of the time. I had never been called the B-word so many times in my life than I was in my rookie season. Iâ€™d never been thrown to the ground so much,â€ she added.
The retired player insisted that the message given by gay players was: â€œWe want you to know we donâ€™t like you.â€
â€œIt comes to a point where you get compared so much to the men, you come to mirror the men,â€ Wiggins concluded. â€œSo many people think you have to look like a man, play like a man to get respect. I was the opposite. I was proud to a be a woman, and it didnâ€™t fit well in that culture.â€
She aspires to play on the pro beach volleyball tour and possibly the Olympics. She touts the sportâ€™s camaraderie and its â€œcelebration of women and the female body as feminine, but strong and athletic.â€