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Washington Post hit piece on LSU basketball coach claims she treated gay players unfairly

Before the Post published this article, Mulkey was already threatening a lawsuit for defamation. 

Published: March 30, 2024 2:54pm

Updated: March 31, 2024 1:07am

The Washington Post published a much anticipated hit piece on Louisiana State University basketball coach Kim Mulkey on Saturday, alleging she treated players differently if they were gay. 

The article reports that when Mulkey was the girls basketball coach at Baylor University, she treated gay players “more harshly or differently.” 

Mulkey's attorneys have denied these allegations, according to the New York Post.

The Washington Post reported that Kelli Griffin, who played basketball at Baylor from 2007-2010, said Mulkey made her life a "living hell" and targeted her for being gay. 

Another player who played for Mulkey alleged the coach told her being seen in public with another woman "wasn't a good look."

Before the Post published this article, Mulkey was already threatening a lawsuit for defamation.

“I’ve hired the best defamation law firm in the country and I will sue The Washington Post if they publish a false story about me,” Mulkey said earlier this week. “Not many people are in a position to hold these kinds of journalists accountable, but I am. And I’ll do it.” 

The article in The Washington Post was published just hours before LSU, the defending national champions in women's college basketball, played and defeated UCLA for a spot in the Elite Eight in this year's March Madness tournament. Their next game is Monday against Iowa, which is led by all-time leading NCAA scorer Caitlin Clark. The game is a rematch of last year's national championship game, which LSU won, marking the fourth time that Mulkey has coached her team to a national title. 

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