If you dance with the devil, you’ll get burned. If you play for Kim Mulkey, you’ll be discarded.
It’s almost been a week since we woke up to the news that Brittney Griner was free after the United States engaged in a prisoner exchange with Russia for arms dealer Viktor Bout. Since then, we’ve read and heard stories about how Griner bonded with the flight crew on her plane, wanting to talk for hours and basking in human interaction. Or, how in her first workout in months, the first move she did on a basketball court was a dunk.
But, do you know what we still haven’t heard or read about?
A single thing from Kim Mulkey.
Griner’s former coach at Baylor, who is now at LSU, has always been two things: A great coach and a terrible person. But, at some point, one of those things has to mean more than the other, and that time is now. After this season, every player on LSU’s women’s basketball team should enter the transfer portal — and every recruit should sever ties with Mulkey.
Sounds a little extreme?
Well, it should. Extreme measures are the only thing that Mulkey has left us to work with.
A few months ago, a reporter asked Mulkey if she had any thoughts on the best player she’s ever coached — given that she hadn’t said a single word in public about the situation.
“And you won’t,” she responded dismissively.
If this is how she responds about a player who helped her win a national championship after an undefeated 40-0 season, then nobody on her current and future teams has a chance of ever being more than just a name and number on a roster to her.
Sadly enough, Mulkey’s silence on Griner’s captivity and freedom aren’t shocking given the way she’s historically shown herself to be. This is a woman who wanted the NCAA to do away with COVID-19 testing during the Final Four. She was also on the record for practically begging Trump to invite her team to the White House, and she stood by and publicly supported a Baylor athletic department that was involved in arguably the worst sexual assault scandal we’ve ever seen on a college campus. She also once allegedly told her players that they had to hide their sexuality. “It was a recruiting thing. The coaches thought that if it seemed like they condoned it, people wouldn’t let their kids come play for Baylor,” Griner told ESPN in 2013.
Kim Mulkey doesn’t care about her players. She has proven to us that status doesn’t matter. You could be the best she’s ever coached or a walk-on at the end of the bench, it doesn’t matter to her. If you’re ever in need of support she’s not going to lift a finger to send out a tweet, nor will she spend a few moments saying kind words at a press conference.
Every player at LSU should be cleaning out their lockers. Your coach doesn’t give a sh*t about Brittney Griner, which means she definitely doesn’t give a sh*t about you.