Sharnee Zoll-Norman, a guard with the WNBA’s Chicago Sky, has come out publicly.
Zoll-Norman is married and has mentioned her wife, Serita Norman, during previous interviews but says, ‘It’s never been printed.’
‘I never felt whether I’m gay, straight, bi, [or] whatever that my sexuality had anything to do with me as a basketball player, and I don’t think it necessarily has anything to do with me as a person,’ she says in an interview with the Windy City Times.
She adds: ‘If I was straight, I wouldn’t have to come out and say that I was straight. So I’ve never had an official coming-out, or something where I felt I had to announce that I was gay. But everyone knows.’
Zoll-Norman says there was never any attempt on her part to hide her sexuality.
‘I wear my wedding ring proudly; I have matching tattoos with my wife, and also have her name tattooed on me. We go a lot of places [together] and I surely don’t hide it [that she’s my wife.]’
Her big reveal didn’t get her on the cover of Sports Illustrated the way the NBA’s Jason Collins did when he came out in May – the first male basketball pro to do so.
Zoll-Norman is not the first WNBA player to come out publicly.
Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner came out in April while Sheryl Swoopes came out back in 2005 while still playing for the Houston Comets.