Skylar Diggins Brand Won't Take Hit Following Brawl

By Karim Akbar
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Normally stars of the WNBA play second fiddle to their male counterparts. They traditionally make less money, make more money through endorsements than they do playing and usually have to show more skin to stay relevant. But in this testosterone-driven world, there is one exception to the rule, a player that has more notoriety and Twitter followers than some NBA players.

Skylar Diggins is the “it” girl and face of the WNBA’s Tulsa Shock. Her career from 2009-2013 at Notre Dame was her introduction to mainstream media, who took to her beautiful looks and talent on the court. Now signed to Jordan and ROC Nation, Diggins has expanded her brand — and reach — and that doesn’t seem to be letting up any time soon. But for every good deed there must  be some detractors. Those detractors claim they have lost all respect for Diggins following a brawl Monday night.

Diggins, who played for Indiana’s Washington High School, was in attendance as her jersey was retired during a game against Oregon-Davis. But a hard foul after the whistle by Oregon-Davis’ Lexi Minix led to a Washington High girl being punched in the face and led to an ejection — all while Diggins allegedly taunted and insulted the opposing Oregon-Davis fans and players.

Diggins, who denied the claims, elaborated on Twitter.

While it’s unclear whether Diggins was shouting profanities at fans, it’s very clear she was in the right here for defending her former team. And those that are calling the star classless must be clueless as to how humble and generous Diggins is. At the end of the day, Diggins is still the girl the guys want and girls secretly hate, but you can’t knock her hustle and you can’t say she’s classless. That’s pretty far off base.

Karim Akbar is a Sacramento Kings writer for Follow him on Twitter @Kuhreem , “Like” his RantSports page on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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