The encouragement of transgender athletes competing in women’s sports is annoying to those who care about competitive justice and biological reality.
But it is even more frustrating for the women who have no choice but to compete in a serious disadvantage.
Now one of them is talking about it.
Riley Gaines has had an incredibly successful career in women’s swimming, but in recent months was forced to race against Lia Thomas, the biological man who passed away just a year ago and often dominates biological women.
Gaines joined Tomi Lahren on Wednesday to discuss how the NCAA has promoted Thomas and the absurdity of nominating a transgender athlete for the “Woman of the Year” award.
She referred to the fact that an incident specifically informed her that Thomas, in addition to being allowed to compete, would be given priority over others.
In March 2022, Gaines and Thomas finished 5th in the women’s 200m freestyle at the NCAA Championships. Although the event understandably had only created one trophy for 5th place, it is not surprising who was chosen to keep it on the podium:
“I want to go back to another controversy that specifically involved you and Lia Thomas. You both came in fifth place. So you both get a trophy. It ended up that Lia Thomas got the trophy and then yours was just to be sent in the mail. Did you ever get that? “
‘I got it a couple of weeks ago. But what basically happened is after we put a draw, you go behind the podium and they hand out the prizes. So we went back there and then the civil servant said: ‘Great run, you draw. So we’ll have Thomas to hold the fifth place trophy you can place with the sixth place trophy, and it will come in the mail. ‘
Gaines explained that she was initially more understanding about the event because she realized that there was only one trophy in 5th place.
But when she asked why she was asked to keep the 6th place prize, the official answer indicated that the intention was simply to reward Thomas:
“But I asked the official, ‘I was kind of okay. Can I ask you why you are adamant that Thomas holds the trophy over me? And he just looked at me and said, ‘Well, we’re just doing this in chronological order. And it was at this point that I realized exactly what was happening. And so I asked him, I thought, ‘What are we chronologically about?’ Because one, we liked and if we base this on the alphabet or something else, what is alphabetically based on G comes before T, so I just do not follow. And he looked at me and said, “Thomas holds the trophy for photography.”
There was no justification, alphabetically or not, for Thomas being given the advantage over Gaines. Quite simply, the event administrators wanted to prioritize one over the other.
Gaines also explained that as a result, she has no interest in the NCAA Woman of the Year trophy, despite her extremely successful college career:
“Same with the NCAA Woman of the Year, I do not even want that trophy,” Gaines said. “I’m 12 times all-American, so I have tons of them at home.”
Fighting for Thomas at the expense of biological women has clearly delegitimized the entire award process, putting politics and arousing ideology before justice and common sense.
Gaines went on to express his disappointment that the NCAA put female competitors “on the back of men:”
“It’s an organization that I know I’ve devoted most of my life to, and so many other female athletes work so hard to get there and not just be forced to compete against men, but put on the back of men. It was extremely eye-opening and extremely discouraging. “
As her response to Clay Travis also explains, the NCAA, the University of Pennsylvania, and many others have gone out of their way to encourage Lia Thomas at the expense of lifelong women:
This is another example of how the infusion of progressive politics in real situations has significant and immediate negative consequences.
Riley Gaines did everything right and without any fault was placed behind someone who has used an unfair advantage to dominate competitions. Instead of criticizing this behavior, the NCAA and many member institutions support Thomas’ actions.
Until this kind of unforgivable action is stopped, there will be many more frustrated and discouraged female athletes losing to biological men.
Here’s all Gaines and Tomi discussed Tomi Lahren is fearless: