“Wokeness” ruins everything it touches.
Not even the meritocratic world of sports has been spared.
And a college athlete called out the NCAA for one cowardly move.
Leftists are aggressively pushing the idea that men can become women and vice versa.
People who have “transitioned” to the opposite gender for a long time, but only now are leftists imposing that radical idea onto all of society.
One of the starkest real-world examples of that radical push came in the world of female college swimming.
University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas, who was born William Thomas and competed against men for three years, “transitioned” and began competing against women.
Suddenly, Thomas skyrocketed to the number one “female” swimmer in the world, and many women in the sport were cowed into silence.
However, University of Kentucky swimmer Riley Gaines was one of the few who would not shut up.
And Gaines ripped the NCAA for allowing the fiasco to go so far.
During a radio interview, Gaines said, “Lia Thomas was a senior swimmer who swam three years on the men’s side at UPenn, then switched over to the female side. So, we were all curious what this was going to look like. But when we were there, we watched Lia Thomas win a national title in the 500 [yard] freestyle, beating out American record-holders, the fastest women to ever swim by seconds, which I want to add, seconds in swimming is a lot. This is a sport that is measured down to the hundredth of a second. So to have someone who not even the year prior was ranking in the 500s, 600s as a male then winning a national title for the females by seconds – the information is right there to see that this is blatantly wrong and unfair.”
Far-left activists have tried to argue that male-to-female athletes have no inherent physical advantage and any advantages are mitigated by hormone treatment, but that is utterly false.
Gaines continued, “[T]hat next day, after Thomas won the national title, Thomas and I competed against each other in the 200-yard freestyle . . . Miraculously enough, we actually tied. So we went the exact same time down to the hundredth of a second. Upon tying, we go behind the award’s podium where the NCAA official passes out the trophies, but he looks at us and says, ‘Hey, great job. You guys tied. We only have one trophy, so we’re going to give it to Lia.’ And so I look at him, and I say, ‘OK, I understand there’s only one trophy, but can I ask you why you’re adamant on giving this trophy to Lia, who is a biological man?’ And he looks at me and says, ‘We’re just doing this in chronological order.’ And so, I further press him because I realize what is happening, and I say, ‘OK, but what are we being chronological about?’ He looks at me and says, ‘Well, for photo purposes, Lia has to hold the trophy. You can pose with this one, but we will be taking it back, and you will not go home with one today. Lia will take this one home.’”
Gaines explained that the NCAA used Thomas as a political pawn and all of the female swimmers simply had to deal with it no matter their objections.
Women who had a problem with Thomas competing against women were told that they could receive free counseling to educate themselves.
So if the female competitors had objections, they were the problem.
Gaines added, “It was really at this point I realized that we as female athletes were not just being forced to compete with men and change with men with male genitalia . . . It was at this point I realized we as female athletes are being sidelined to men – just being completely put on the back burner, which goes against everything Title IX was created to protect.”
The Thomas affair shined a spotlight on just how far the radicals have gone, and they will not give up on their goal easily.
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