WNBA Star Elena Delle Donne: 'I Can't Wait for the Day People Want to Talk About Your Skills and Not Your Looks'

Elena Delle Donne Talks Sexism in Basketball
Elena Delle Donne
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03/14/2016 AT 12:25 PM EDT

WNBA player Elena Delle Donne has had enough when it comes to sexism.

Despite having been compared to basketball pros Kevin Durant and LeBron James, skill-wise, the 26-year-old has encountered comments on message boards that focus more on her looks, rather than her talent on the court.

In an interview with The Cut during espnW Impact 25 event, honoring women in sports, such as Serena Williams and Ronda Rousey, Donne candidly spoke about the double standard.

"I just can't wait for the day where people want to talk about your skills on the court and not your looks. I wonder how many times a Tom Brady is asked about how handsome he is, or a J.J. Watt," she says. "It's something that us female athletes have to deal with all the time."



Delle Donne made the move from Rookie of the Year to full-fledged MVP in only two years – and is also one of four people who hit 95 percent of her free throws last season.

As for how she thinks sexism in sports can be stopped, Delle Donne offered a suggestion about the term "female basketball player."

"It's funny how they always have to add that; they don't say 'male basketball player.' There are certain things in the media that hopefully one day will change," she said.

For more information on Elena, visit teamusa.org. The Olympics begin August 5th.

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