Heroic Lesbian Agent Crystal Griner Throws Ceremonial First Pitch At Benefit Softball Game

Griner took down the gunman who shot Rep. Steven Scalise last week, despite her own extensive injuries.

Crystal Griner, the Capitol Police agent who helped stop a mass shooting at last week’s Men’s Congressional Baseball Match, was honored with the ceremonial first pitch on Wednesday at the Women’s Congressional Softball Game in D.C.

The annual game doubled as a benefit for the Young Survival Coalition, an organization that helps young victims of breast cancer.


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Still recovering from an initial ankle surgery, Griner threw the pitch from a wheelchair. But the former college basketball star still showed athletic prowess with an impressive throw that was met with wild applause.

Griner and her colleague, Special Agent David Bailey, were both shot in the attack last week. She will need additional surgeries to repair the damage to her ankle and leg, Curve reports. Supporters have created a GoFundMe campaign to aid Griner and her family with any medical expenses during her recovery.

The campaign, a trending fundraiser on the site, has raised upwards of $33,000 for Griner and her family so far, more than $3,000 beyond the page’s initial goal.

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Griner married her longtime partner in 2015, and some have pointed out that Republican House Majority Whip Steven Scalise, whose life she saved, has a long anti-LGBT record, including opposing marriage equality and the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.

He is no longer in intensive care, though there is no full update on his current condition, according to Reuters.

Sen. Paul Rand credited Griner and Bailey with preventing “a massacre.”

“I expressed our profound gratitude to them. It is clear to me, based on various eyewitness accounts, that without these two heroes—Agent Bailey and Agent Griner—many lives would have been lost,” Rep. Paul Ryan told USA Today.

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