Brittney Griner was born in Houston, Texas, on October 18, 1990, as the youngest of four siblings. She is the great center for the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, but she told Elle in 2013 that because she was built like a basketball player, she was mocked in school for her larger hands and feet, and one incident in particular from seventh grade lingered with her.
Griner told Elle other girls would comment on her physique and say, “What are you?”
It was after these episodes that Griner said she would go home and cry in her room, “Just thinking, like, Why am I even here? Why am I even alive?” she said.
Griner now believes basketball saved her life and gave her renewed purpose.
She embraced who she was and in high school came out to her parents. Although her mom was supportive, she said, her dad didn’t get on board and told her, “I ain’t raising no lesbian.”
“My dad always told me to just be who I was, but I don’t think he knew exactly how I took it,” she said, adding, “He finally got on board that either you accept your daughter and take her for what she is and you unconditionally love her, or you’re not going to have her.”
When Griner was drafted by the WNBA in 2013 she was given a platform to advocate for the LGBTQ+ community.
Griner served at the Phoenix LGBTQ youth center, and when it was destroyed by arson in 2017, she gave the $5,000 she got for the WNBA’s Cares Community Assist Award to the center, which assists lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender adolescents aged 14 to 24.
Griner received various awards and distinctions throughout her career, including the WNBA Championship in 2014 and the WNBA Scoring Champion in 2017, 2018, and 2019.
She also won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and a second gold medal with Team USA at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
What is Brittney Griner salary?
In comparison to the NBA, where the average player earns around $7 million per year and the highest-paid player, Stephen Curry, earns $40.2 million, the WNBA pays much less.
For the 2021 season, the average annual pay in the WNBA was $120,648, up from $74,349 in 2019.
In the WNBA, a top-paid position pays around $221k, with Griner earning a supermax salary of $227k per year.
Brittney Griner’s net worth is believed to be at $5 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Her net worth is derived from her accomplishments not only in the WNBA but also with teams overseas, earning her $600,000 in 2014 for playing for a Chinese team and $1.5 million over eight years for playing for Russia.