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Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw: Brittney Griner dominates ‘like a guy playing with women’

Brittney Griner had 26 points, 13 rebounds, and five blocks in Baylor’s national championship win over Notre Dame Tuesday in Denver. Griner helped lead Baylor to a 40-0 season and was so dominant that Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said Griner is “like a guy playing with women.”

Here’s how the exchange went in the postgame press conference:

Q: Muffet, have you ever seen anyone who has ever been able to impact the game at least down low as Brittney did and obviously as she did tonight?

COACH McGRAW: No. I think she’s one of a kind. I think she’s like a guy playing with women. It’s just there’s so many things that she can do that I’ve not seen a lot of women‑‑ well, really, you know, there’s been some guards that had some skill like that. But as a post player she’s the best I’ve ever seen.

It’s Always Sunny in Detroit provides us with video of McGraw’s quote:

McGraw may have intended to compliment Griner’s abilities as a player, but she chose questionable words. LBS’ Steve DelVecchio interviewed former three-time WNBA MVP Lisa Leslie Tuesday who didn’t want to discuss how Griner would fare in the men’s game. Not only is the comparison between the men’s and women’s game a touchy subject for some women, but Griner already faces tremendous amounts of taunts and insults. McGraw’s words certainly aren’t helping. Let’s just hope for her sake she only meant that as a compliment.

UPDATE: McGraw addressed the controversy in a statement.

“I would hope that it was clear to those in attendance at Tuesday’s press conference that my comments were meant to be complimentary,” it said. “Any attempt by others to read anything more into that comment is wrong [and] malicious.”

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  • Anonymous

    Juwannaman!

  • Anonymous

    she-man wins national title. Get used to it. As long as she-man exists, baylor will dominate co-ed basketball. McGraw is just the only one with the nads to say something on camera. It is what it is. milkey is underhanded and will do WHATEVER it takes to win games.

  • Anonymous

    I think it’s going too far to call her a “she-man”.  Throughout history, there have been people born outside what’s considered the norm.  Men’s basketball through the years has gone through a lot of changes with height/abilities–yet having a male athlete with above the norm height and abilities has never been given the same type of criticism or labeled with such negative comments.  So what’s with the double standard??

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MBAVCIPG3IQ3XOFYV3WBLECZ5U Bill

    SOMEONE tell me HOW what Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said was ”a poor choice of words?” All She said was that there no one in the womens college game that plays and has the skill set she has. Hows that ”a poor choice of words?” ITS TRUE YA DUMBASSES!!! If all the teams in the womens college game had a Brittney Griner you would have across the board parity in the game.

  • Anonymous

    brittney greiner is a man in a women’s body !!

  • Anonymous

    @SDV-WRONG again. A typo is a misspelling etc.. You got the fact wrong. Funny though, when you get critiqued, you appear thin-skinned, smart-mouthed, and unprofessional. It’s all good. Again, “you” guys need “police-ing”…some graciousness, and character training. You obviously have a gift, training and opportunity-get over yourselves and try to buildup, be energy givers, a blessing to people. There is power in the pen. Life is tough enough w/out negative speculators. Be teachable…”unless youre 40…unless youre a man!” lol. Have a good day.     

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ESQFMZFPWZ25FASXYHWGHEE7DM stephanie s

    Ignorance is Bliss, SO YOU MUST BE ON A 24 HOUR NATURAL HIGH!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ESQFMZFPWZ25FASXYHWGHEE7DM stephanie s

    Well by your comment you just showed everyon what you are…. Someone’s back end with a lot of mess flowing from it.. It’s people like you that make America look rediculous….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ESQFMZFPWZ25FASXYHWGHEE7DM stephanie s

    Well you you just let everyone know what your preference is when it comes to having someone in your life… YOU WANT A MAN!!! You said it – Juwannaman….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ESQFMZFPWZ25FASXYHWGHEE7DM stephanie s

    So you must be She Woman!!! a rediculous one at that.. Lord, I hope when they made you they broke the mold.. Because if we have any more of you, the world will go to Hell in a hand Basket..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ESQFMZFPWZ25FASXYHWGHEE7DM stephanie s

    Amen, Amen!!

  • Anonymous

    I think she is a man in a mans body. She looks like one and
    has  a male voice. She should be checked out.

  • Anonymous

    Everyday baby…everyday. I just call ‘em like I see ‘em.

  • http://twitter.com/UCONN_HOOPS UCONN HUSKY FAN

    l;

  • Anonymous

    You ever heard her speak? McGraw may have more of a point than she thinks.

  • Anonymous

    Griner is a Woman now.  What she used to be doesn’t matter.   Give her credit, she’s a great basketball player who has endured a lot.   Congrats Lady Bears.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QIRJJ5KSRDGCL45FBAHE526PH4 Patryck B

    To all that have the inclination to disrespect this young woman, you are all devoid common sense and wish that you had any talent period. This young woman was blessed with talent and apparently class by not stooping to your level of intelligence or lack thereof. You should all consider getting a life and stop trying to compensate for your lack of basic life skills.
     

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ON2Q3PFLNA6D7X45KFWMIQOTVY Eric Z

    If Reggie Miller can be called a woman by other players, then Griner can be called a man.

  • fhlh0172

    For Coach McGraw to insinuate Brittney Griner is a guy playing with women was the dumbest thing a coach could say as a compliment to any female player just because she was upset her team lost.   What she should’ve done was apologize for her team commenting flagrant hard fouls and many other fouls that the refs refuse to call. The commentators committed on fouls and even several flagrant fouls commented by Notre Dame that went un-called by the referees. The fouls that was clearly flagrant was called as a regular fouls.   

  • Anonymous

     You can be born “outside the norm” but s-he has an Adam’s Apple. That is impossible for a woman no matter how lesbian she is: not going to grow an Adam’s apple…….. so while you may have all this empathy for he-r that’s not the point here: its cheating to compete as a woman if you are a man. Or were a man. And the message it sends: win at all costs.

  • Anonymous

     s-he is not a great basketball player: s-he’s a cheat and cheaters are liars and thieves. There is no credit to give: only a sex-test. If s-he fails then s-he should be banned for life: not praised for he-r courage, punished for he-r cheating..

  • Anonymous

    That’s mean-spirited.  Just because she used to be a man, doesn’t mean she doesn’t deserve a chance to be treated like all other women now.

  • Anonymous

    so it’s right for he-r to play with the advantage ?? get your brains checked !

  • Anonymous

    you should stop beleiving yourself that she is a woman and know that is cheating to have a man play in a womens sport !! what women has an atom’s apple ???

  • Anonymous

    watch out for notre dame again they will have a really good freshmen coming in  from manalapan nj !! so don’t count nd out

  • Anonymous

    Learn to spell bitch before you address me.

  • Anonymous

    I keep trying to tell these people…she is not a she.

  • Anonymous

    The advantage is an open mind & good recruiting by Baylor to not let a former gender issue stand in the way and decide to be an inclusive and progressive program.

  • Anonymous

    The top programs ( UCONN’s, Tenn’s, NDame’s Okla’s ) are just going to have to start actively pursuing and recruiting tall, transgendered women to stay competitive. That’s just the way it is. The future of women’s bball is sexual re-assignment for the sake of producing dominant, talented centers.  Alot of $$ in WNBA etc and big DivI programs.  Griner will be like Jackie Robinson was to baseball.   

  • Anonymous

    WOW!!! You would think, based on these negative comments, that Ms. Griner is the ONLY 6’8 ‘ WOMAN , EVER to play basketball.  You all need to do some serious research…… Anne Donovan, 6’8″ played 25 years ago and is in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame….. Was she a man also?!?!? During the 1986 Goodwill Games, Donovan and her team played against and defeated the Russian team which featured 7-foot-2 Uilana Semenova. Two men?!?!? If (And I think it is safe to say that she will….) Ms. Griner is selected to play this summer in London, she will possibly play against Australia’s 6’8″ center Elizabeth Liz Cambage and 6’8″ Russians, Maria Stepanova and Ekaterina Lisina. Are they men as well?!?!?  Stop with the ridiculous claims that Brittney is a man. Just because she’s not wearing dresses and a bunch of makeup doesn’t make her a man. Maybe you can’t handle the fact that a woman could throw it down on you or maybe she kicked YOUR teams’ ass….. But you know what, that’s YOUR problem, not her’s. Stop the ignorance and appreciate the fact that we were about to see history made. 

  • Anonymous

    Really? I am guessing you don’t have daughters, (I have 3) who played sports? I mean: let’s ask the ND players if that is ok with them? Or the other 30 teams they beat. That they lost the chance at 1 minute of fame because someone cheated and took their title away from them. A guy playing as a woman.
    No this isn’t mean: its about cheating, its about fairness and its about the fall from morality in the USA (and the world we don’t have monopoly on cheating in sports just ask all the 1960s Russian women who were forced to take steriods & hormones to out-compete the USA)
    No: treating he-r as a woman is one issue, and in that issue I agree with you 100%: a woman, fine I’ll treat he-r as one.
    But the sports thing? No way…. if s-he were upstanding s-he’d never have done this.  Just remember: all the other women competed on even ground; this one person crushed their dreams and their hopes.
    I for one am sickened by it. You do what you want.

  • Anonymous

    Look, just because she has a package doesn’t mean she’s a man.  She’s a woman playing as a woman.  What gender she portrays herself to be is what she is and should be respected.  All schools have the same opportunity to sexually re-assign their willing players for the sake of competition and sportsmanship.  In fact, it’s expensive and would be a charitable gesture to many poor  inner-city atheletes who have struggled with gender identity issues. 

  • Anonymous

    Just don’t get the concept of “cheating” do you? That’s why we have these problems: because people like you can rationalize everything until its “ok” but its NOT ok: its cheating. Fine: we’ll see how you like it when it happens to your children….