Sue Wicks

Posted by Censor Librorum on Sep 28, 2007 | Categories: Lesbian in a Catholic Sort of Way

A few days ago someone told me they had spotted Sue Wicks jogging in Prospect Park in Brooklyn. They saw her one time alone, and once running with her young girlfriend. Like “The Girl from Ipanema” Wicks left sighs and fluttering hearts in her wake.

Some woman worked up the nerve to give her a high wattage smile and got one in return. She was high for the rest of the day.

I’m sure half my CYO basketball team would have had a humongous crush on Wicks. Hopefully all that extra energy would have been sublimated into a better team free throw percentage!

Sue Wicks, 6’3′, grew up in Center Moriches, NY and graduated from Rutgers University. She was the 6th overall pick in the Inaugural WNBA Draft in 1997. Wicks was selected by the NY Liberty. She played for the Liberty through 2002. She is their all-time leader in blocked shots with 155, third on the all-time career rebounds list with 788, and fourth in games at 182.

I have tremendous respect for Wicks on several levels: first as a great baseball player; and then as the first player in the entire WNBA to come out as a lesbian.

In spring 2002 Wicks was interviewed by a reporter from Time Out New York. He asked, point blank, “Are you a lesbian?”

Though she’d previously demurred when other reporters had skirted around the issue, Wicks’ reply to the direct question was refreshingly honest “I am,” she said. “Usually I don’t like to answer those kinds of questions, because you worry the issue might become so much bigger than the sport. As an athlete, it’s a little annoying when that becomes the point of interest. But I would never avoid that question, especially in New York. I think it’s important that if you are gay, you not be afraid to say who you are.”

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2 Responses to “Sue Wicks”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    I watch WNBA games all the time. Believe it or not – Sue Wicks was my favorite player and NY Liberty was my favorite team. Then all the good ones left and Chicago has its own team now so……..I am bothered by the fact that so many women complain we are not treated equal, yet those same ones I know either haven’t heard of WNBA or don’t support them by watching, going to games, or at least be interested when I brag about them. I know you were writing mainly about Sue being a lesbian, but this article grabbed my eye (and heart) on so many levels. P.S. I do miss Se Wicks! Mary

  2. Karen Doherty Says:

    Mary, she was a very classy player. Women’s basketball is a lot more fun to watch then men’s now–more passing, more teamwork and a lot less showboating.

    I was there at the very first Liberty game! Our son was about 11 or 12 and he came with us. It was great to see all the young boys and girls cheering the teams on!

    There were two other Liberty players that eventually came out, too. Teresa Weatherspoon (“T-Spoon”) and Kim Hampton. I thought they always played with a lot of heart and grit.

    T-Spoon was a special NY fan favorite. I would put her up there with Mario Lemieux and one of the greatest players I ever saw play.

    When we get to Chicago let’s go to a game!


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