The Lingerie Football League has a new rival in the world of scantily clad pro sports thanks to the Bikini Basketball Association, which launches this spring. The BBA will feature one sort-of-famous player, because Deion Sanders’ daughter Deiondra has signed with the Atlanta Peaches.
Deiondra Sanders joined Jeff Sammut on the Fan 590 in Toronto to discuss the Bikini Basketball Association, the wardrobe, her basketball background, her father’s reaction to her decision to join the league, the talent level in the league, comparisons to the Lingerie Football League and her long-term goals.
On if playing basketball in a “bikini” was something that concerned her at first:
“At first I was a little discouraged but then I found out that we only wear sports bras and spandex. We’re not running down the court in bikinis, which I know many of you wish we was. So once I found that out I wasn’t discouraged at all.”
On her basketball experience:
“When I was younger I played competitive basketball, but that was a long time ago. So now that I’ve been on the court, I’m actually getting the hang of it again. … We have a bunch of players that played in college and overseas that have actually helped me. … So I will be very good by the time the season starts.”
On what her dad had to say when she told him she was going to play in the BBA:
“My dad was kind of upset, but that’s like any parent who just sees bikini league. He thought I was gonna be out there in a bikini. He [saw] a picture of our uniform and stuff like that, so I think once he saw that we’re actually covered up a little bit, he wasn’t as concerned.”
On how this differs from the Lingerie Football League:
“I just think that it’s a lot different because we actually do have players, real basketball players, that actually have played in the WNBA before. So I think that this will make a difference because people are really gonna see real-life hoopers. They just look good while doing it.”
On being surprised by the level of talent:
“When you hear bikini league you don’t think of people who can really play. All honesty, you just think of cute girls out there playing basketball. When I actually went to practice and stuff, as I said before, it’s girls who played overseas, that’s played four years of college ball at Georgia Tech. So I was kind of like, ‘Wow.’ That kind of scared me for a little bit.”
On what she’s hoping this could lead to:
“I like playing basketball so I’m enjoying doing it. But eventually I hope it does lead to making my name bigger as a person so I can actually have a voice — a positive voice. Because so far the negative’s [been] portrayed. But I want to have a positive voice. I hope this actually leads to … that.”
On what her friends and family think of this endeavor:
“They’re just excited I’m in a gym, because I used to never work out or anything, so now that I’ve been working out everyday and actually getting fit, they’re so excited for me.”