Taunts vs. star anger coach
By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer April 4, 2012 10:18AM
Baylor's Brittney Griner, left, answers questions for the media as coach Kim Mulkey listens during a news conference, Monday, April 2, 2012, in Denver. Baylor will play Notre Dame for the women's NCAA championship basketball game on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Updated: May 6, 2012 8:18AM
DENVER — Baylor coach Kim Mulkey says she’s disgusted by taunting and insults directed at star player Brittney Griner on social media.
The 6-foot-8 AP player of the year is the subject of constant criticism on Twitter and other sites and Mulkey said at a news conference that she’s had enough of it.
“I don’t want to see any of that garbage. I don’t want to hear about it, because it’s just not right. It’s not healthy,” Mulkey said. “This is someone’s child. This is a human being. She didn’t wake up and say make me look like this, make me 6-foot-8 and have the ability to dunk. This child is as precious as they come. . . . The stuff she’s had to read about, the stuff she’s had to hear, the stuff people say about her, the stuff people write about her, it’s got to stop.”
While the negative comments annoy Mulkey, Griner seems to brush them aside.
“I’ll go and search my name on Twitter, to see some of the things they say. They [school officials] tell me I shouldn’t read the blogs: They’re mean. But it doesn’t bother me,” Griner said.
Griner takes the derogatory comments in stride, her teammates don’t.
“My teammates get really mad at some stuff,” Griner said. “I’m the calm one, I know it’s not true. I really don’t care, they try to get in my head because they’re trying to stop me. When I go to a game and yelling, they’re trying to get in my head. It’s not going to work really. You’ll see me smiling.” AP