Sheryl Denise Swoopes (born March 25, 1971) is a retired professional basketball player from the United States. She is a three-time WNBA MVP and was voted one of the league’s Top 15 Players of All Time at the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game.
She was the first player to be signed in the WNBA. Swoopes is one of only eleven women’s basketball players who have won an Olympic gold medal, an NCAA championship, a Fiba world cup gold, and a WNBA championship. In 2016, she was named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame inducted her in 2017.
Success in The Early Stages
Swoopes was reared by her mother, Louise Swoopes, in Brownfield, Texas, and played basketball with her three older brothers. She began competing in a local children’s league called Little Dribblers when she was seven years old. Brownfield High School was where she played basketball.
Sheryl Swoopes was married to her high school boyfriend from June 1995 to June 1999, and they have one kid, Jordan Eric Jackson (b. 1997).
Swoopes came out as homosexual in October 2005, making her one of the most high-profile athletes in a team sport to do so. According to Swoopes, “It makes no difference to who I am. I have no control over who I fall in love with. No one is capable of doing so… I didn’t realise I was gay till much later in life.
It never occurred to me to be intimate with [Alisa] or any other lady. At the same time, I’m a big believer that you can’t control falling in love with someone.” Swoopes’ kid was raised by her and her companion, former basketball player and Houston Comets assistant coach Alisa Scott.
In 2011, the pair called it quits. Swoopes became engaged to Chris Unclesho, a longstanding male friend, later that year, and the couple married on July 21, 2017, following a long engagement.
Is Sheryl Swoopes a Lesbian?
Sheryl Swoopes, a three-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time WNBA MVP, is a “lie-sexual” to some in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities (LGBTQ). Sheryl Swoopes is a “lie-sexual,” another sister-girl on the “down low” with the incredulous news that she’s now engaged to marry a man.
Swoopes is seen as the prodigal daughter who has finally found her way home to Jesus by incurable homophobes, especially those of the fundamentalist Christian sort, who promote their “nature vs. nurture” ideology that homosexuality can be cured with reparative theories.
Chris Unclesho, the man Swoopes is engaged to marry, is the MAN to many of my heterosexual African American brothers! Swoopes has been introduced to the sexual pleasures of being with a man by a genuine “dyke whisperer.”
Swoopes’ news sends seismic shock waves to those of us struggling for the de-medicalization and de-stigmatization of queer sexualities, depending on which of the above categories you identify with.
And for those applauding Swoopes’ news that she has gone straight again, it regrettably demonstrates to those like Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann that our ongoing fight for LGBTQ civil rights is nothing more than a political hedonistic gay agenda to upend conventional family values.
“After all of the hullabaloo surrounding Sheryl Swoopes’ “coming out,” her subsequent marriage to a MAN receives almost no publicity.
Is she no longer gay? … Why isn’t there any coverage of the fact that this woman went through a period of “trial” in her life? It is clear that the woman, like every other homosexual or lesbian man or woman in the world, had made the decision to consider the possibility of being with someone of the same gender at the moment.
Sheryl is just another example of how homosexuality is a learned behaviour influenced by life experiences and circumstances. I am ecstatic for Sheryl, but the “gay agenda”-driven PRESS may bite her “a blogger for ESPN.com commented.
Career in The WNBA
During the WNBA’s debut season in 1997, Swoopes was drafted by the Houston Comets. She returned to the WNBA for the final third of the first season, only six weeks after giving birth to her son, and led the Comets to the 1997 WNBA Championship.
She amassed nearly 2,000 career points, 500 career rebounds, 300 career assists, and 200 career steals while playing for the Houston Comets. She was the first three-time WNBA MVP (2000, 2002, and 2005) and the first three-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year (2000, 2002, and 2005). (2000, 2002, and 2003). Swoopes won the WNBA four times (1997–2000).
Swoopes is only the second player in WNBA history to win the MVP award for both the regular season and the All-Star Game in the same season. Lisa Leslie was the first to achieve this feat. Swoopes is also the only WNBA player to ever have a triple-double in both the regular season and the playoffs.
Swoopes rose to national notoriety after winning gold with the USA Basketball Women’s National Team in the 1996 Olympic Games, and she became a key figure in the WNBA’s early years.
Some believe the 1996 Olympic victory over Brazil (117–87) to be the “greatest woman’s basketball game they’d ever seen.” She has three Olympic gold medals to her credit (1996, 2000, and 2004).
Swoopes is the first female basketball player to have her name immortalised on a Nike sneaker, the “Air Swoopes.”
Swoopes signed with the Seattle Storm on March 3, 2008, ending her 11-year career with the Houston Comets. On February 3, 2009, the Storm waived her.
Swoopes was said to be planning to return to the WNBA two days after her 40th birthday in 2011, according to Associated Press sources. Swoopes was rumoured to be preparing to return to the WNBA in anticipation of an official signing announcement from the Tulsa Shock. She was named one of the top 15 players in the WNBA’s 15-year history at the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game.