Queralt Casas isn’t afraid of a challenge. The 19-year-old from Spain has played international basketball since she was 15 and is currently trying out for the defending champion Minnesota Lynx. And she’s doing the latter with a language barrier. “[She’s got] a lot of courage,” Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said. “She doesn’t speak English and has never been part of the WNBA, and here she is.”
I think we may be looking at this Brittney Griner thing all wrong. Not the playing thing — that we got all right. She’s a hell of a player, maybe unlike any other player in the history of women’s basketball. But the insulting, offensive and retrograde remarks about her gender — I think we may be going about her defense all wrong by using persuasion and gentle chiding. We may want to simplify our argument to its essentials, to wit: If you think Brittney Griner is something other than what she purports to be — that is, a woman — then you are an idiot and a coward. There. That wasn’t so hard to read, was it?