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Megan Rapinoe: Kim Mulkey’s silence on Brittney Griner is ‘cruel and evil’

LSU basketball coach Kim Mulkey led the Baylor program for 21 seasons before departing in 2021. (Andrew Wevers/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

Megan Rapinoe joined other voices across the sports world in speaking out over LSU women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey’s silence on Brittney Griner’s detainment in Russia.

The WNBA star has been wrongfully detained in Russia on drug charges since February, and in August she was sentenced to nine years in a Russian penal colony.

Mulkey coached Griner at Baylor from 2009-13, but during a press conference Monday, she declined to comment on the plight of her former player.

In response, former players of Mulkey’s have called out the coach for her silence, as have other WNBA and college basketball stars.

Baylor coach Nicki Collen, who took over for Mulkey in 2021, did not speak directly about Mulkey’s comments but did speak at length about Griner, who she called “Baylor family.”

Other sports stars also have spoken out, including Rapinoe. The USWNT forward chimed in via a comment on an Instagram post about Mulkey’s silence.

“This is honestly just cruel and evil and even more honestly,” she wrote. “IT’S SHOWING SIS. The hate is seeping out.”