1. Brittney Griner / Women’s Basketball / Salary: $1.2 Million
In an interview with Sports Illustrated on April 17, 2013, Brittney Griner acknowledged that she was a lesbian. It was big news in the WNBA as Griner was the first overall pick in the WNBA Rookie Draft, and before that was an NCAA standout named AP Player of the Year in 2012.
In the WNBA, it took the 6-foot, 8-inch Brittney just one game, her first, to shatter the league’s dunk record. She effortlessly slammed in two field goals and became only the third WNBA player to dunk and the first to do it twice in one game.
Of her coming out, Brittney says, “I’ve heard people say, ‘Why do you need to say you’re gay?’ I say to them, ‘What about the kids who need someone to look up to?’ Just knowing that you can help somebody out, that’s a feeling you can’t express.”