WNBA Star Devereaux Peters Wants Men To Know She Doesn't Have To Prove Anything To Them

"I will gladly take you to my trophy room."

Before you challenge WNBA champion Devereaux Peters to a one-on-one game, read the thread she posted to Twitter on Monday. The forward for the Washington Mystics, who played in college for the University of Notre Dame, made it clear that she doesn't have to prove her abilities to men on the court.

Peters, who has been in the league since 2012, wrote that she has been told by men both in person and "especially online" that they could beat her. "And while 99.9% of the time I could easily embarrass you in a game and go about my business here's why I don't," she wrote in the thread, which has since earned 13,000 likes.

"First and foremost I have absolutely nothing to prove," Peters tweeted. "I am literally being paid to go on a court and play basketball. And I have played at the highest level for some years now. I am already proven. You want me to play you b/c you THINK your fragile ego can get a boost. Nah B."

She also added that, in her experience, some men will play rough against a woman in an attempt to prove themselves. "With that said YOU STILL DON'T WIN," Peters made sure to add, explaining that the experience isn't worth it for her to get "beat up and bruised up."

"I truly do not know a professional player that's scared to play anyone, man or woman. There's no way they could make it to that level if they were," she emphasized to wrap things up. "If you really feelin froggy & you're dying to know if I'm really bout it, I will gladly take you to my trophy room & let you take as much time as you need to soak it in."

Although women and men certainly compete alongside or against each other in some sports, such as tennis and equestrianism, Peters touches on a different issue — amateurs challenging professionals not out of a love of the game, but based on gender biases. Unfortunately, she has still had to deal with trolls who claim that her refusal to play fans is a "cop out," showing there's still a long way to go in how society treats female athletes.

Fellow NBA star and Notre Dame alum Kayla McBride also recently shared a message for the WNBA's critics on Twitter after speaking out about the pay gap in basketball. "Go to a game. Try it out. Stop sitting behind a keyboard telling me about myself and the other 143 women I work with," she wrote. "PLEASE. get to know some of them before you decide to tear us down. Watch us hoop. Start a conversation. Bet you'll be impressed."

Read Peters' full thread, and McBride's message, in the tweets below:

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