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WNBA star Swoopes reveals she's gay
Published October 27, 2005
HOUSTON - The only thing that outshines the exquisite diamond on Sheryl Swoopes' left ring finger is the glow on her face as she discusses the love of her life.
It's a love that the WNBA superstar has kept hidden for more than seven years. On Wednesday she "quit pretending," disclosing that she is gay and in a committed relationship.
"I feel like I've been living a lie," the Houston Comets star said in an interview with the Associated Press. "I'm at a place in my life right now where I'm very happy, very content. I'm finally okay with the idea of who I love, who I want to be with."
Swoopes, 34, said she lives with her partner, former Comets assistant coach Alisa Scott.
The story was first reported in ESPN the Magazine, which hit newsstands Wednesday. She also announced an endorsement deal with Olivia, a lesbian cruise line.
Swoopes, the only WNBA player to win three MVP trophies, said she never had feelings for a woman before Scott and didn't understand them when they began. But in the seven years since, she said she's been "hurting" while hiding her relationship.
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