Brittney Griner stars in ESPN short film

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Brittney Griner is already one of the WNBA’s most talked about stars as well as one of the biggest lesbian athletes in history. But the rising sports star, who rose to fame when she came out as gay during last year’s WNBA Draft, is about to let fans in deeper into her life in a documentary focused on her life on the court in China.

According to the Bleacher Report, Griner is the subject of a segment of ESPN’s latest “Nine for IX Documentary, Lifesize.” In the 15-minute piece, cameras follow Griner in the months after her debut WNBA season, during which injuries and inconsistent play dampened the top draft pick’s performance stats to just 12.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and three blocks per game.


Griner will allow fans to watch her as she travels to China to play with the Zhejiang Golden Bulls during the WNBA off-season, a move which helped her improve her performance during the 2014 WNBA season, as well allowed her to earn $600,000 overseas as opposed to the $49,000 salary she earned in the WNBA.

Not only does the film chronicle Griner’s basketball journey, it also delves into her transformation from “a celebrated kid with unlimited potential to a self-reliant adult with a deep inner capacity to make her championship dreams a reality,” according to a statement sent to The Huffington Post.


Griner’s “Lifesize” segment is now available to watch online but the full two-hour “Lifesize” documentary will air in its entirety on ESPN Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET. – nicholas robinson

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