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Diana Taurasi Rips The Idea Of Lowering Rims In Women’s Basketball: “Might As Well Put Us In Skirts”
Phoenix Mercury star Diana Taurasi is not a fan of reigning WNBA MVP Elena Delle’s idea that the rims need to be lowered to get more viewers.
Elena Delle‘s comments:
“I think it would bring a whole different aspect to the game and bring viewership as well and show the athleticism of our women,” she told For The Win at Nike’s Innovation Summit on Wednesday. “We do every single thing on that court that the men do, other than the dunking. And, obviously, there is a handful of athletes who can dunk.”
Diana Taurasi had this to say:
“Might as well put us in skirts and back in the kitchen,” she said.
On Wednesday, Elena Delle responded back to Taurasi’s comments:
“I respect Diana so much, I think what she’s done for our game is phenomenal. But I definitely disagree with what she said. The biggest issue I have with what she said is how degrading that is to women athletes in general because when you look at sports — men’s and women’s sports — volleyball, the nets are lower; golf, women’s tees are closer. And if you want to talk about Serena Williams, she plays less sets than the men so are you going to tell her to put a skirt on and go back to the kitchen?”
“For Diana to say something like ‘put your skirts on and go back to the kitchen’, that’s tweets we read every day of what people say to us when we’re just trying to play our sport,” she said. “That’s what’s frustrating about it. It’s a time to empower women athletes, not to bring them down.”