McGraw comment on Griner causes a stir

DENVER (AP)—A postgame comment by Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw about the prowess of Baylor star Brittney Griner caused a stir in the world of social media Tuesday night.

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After the Irish lost to Baylor 80-61 in the women’s championship, McGraw appraised Griner’s play by saying, “I think she’s one of a kind. I think she’s like a guy playing with women,” adding that the 6-foot-8 junior is the best post player she’s ever seen.

The comments quickly became a topic of debate on Twitter, because Griner has endured taunts about her height and dominant play all season, and Baylor coach Kim Mulkey called out anyone who insulted her player in a news conference Monday.

Asked about McGraw’s comment, Griner said she took it as a compliment.

McGraw said later that’s how she meant it.

The Notre Dame coach said, “I would hope that it was clear to those in attendance at Tuesday’s press conference that my comments were meant to be complimentary, and in reference to her style of play and her dominance in our game, nothing more.”

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