Former WNBA player ready for Dream opener

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When the Atlanta Dream opens the season later this month, Tia Paschal will be watching from her seat inside Philips Arena.

Paschal, an outstanding player during her years at Florida State, also logged some time in the WNBA. In both cases, she played for Marynell Meadors, the coach and general manager piecing together Atlanta’s first-ever WNBA franchise.

“I am ready to go to all of the games and cheer them on. I know this first year is going to be a rough year, but hopefully the fans will stay behind them. It might take a year or two or three,” Paschal said during a recent interview for my Southern Voice sports column.

Paschal, a lesbian, said her sexual orientation wasn’t a concern for Meadors or the league during her career.

“It was a non-factor. I don’t flaunt it, but I don’t try to hide it. If someone asked me, I would tell them the truth,” she said. Read the full story.

The Dream plays its first preseason game on Saturday; the home opener is set for May 23. Catch up on recent posts about the team here.

Also, check out what Kristin Bernert, the WNBA’s vice president for team business development, had to say when she came out publicly for the first time during a January speech in Atlanta.

Speaking of gay pro ballers, Outsports took notice of an interview with Sheryl Swoopes, the WNBA’s only openly gay player. Swoopes talked about her experiences coming out three years ago.

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