Male collegiate swimmer Lia Thomas now wants to be an NCAA Woman of the Year. What next, will he want to compete in the Kentucky Derby?
Fox: “The mother of an Ivy League swimmer said Monday she’s outraged over the recent move by the University of Pennsylvania to nominate transgender athlete Lia Thomas for the NCAA “Woman of the year” award.
Kim Jones joined “Fox & Friends First” calling the nomination “humiliating” and “devastating” and accusing the school of sending a message that women don’t matter.”
“[The message is] they’re not even worthy of dignity and comfort in their locker rooms. And this nomination is just the embodiment of that message. It’s really frustrating to understand where the current NCAA and Ivy League and especially Penn’s stance is on the value of women in modern society,” said Jones, a former All-American whose daughter competed against Thomas.
“That’s what all that effort, all those hours, all that hard work and the journey that was supposed to be so empowering and fulfilling has been reduced to something that people think is a sideshow. It’s really frustrating,” she told press .
“There is a biological difference between men and women. And if we can’t agree that that foundational truth is a reality, then how can we protect our girls and women?”
Actual female collegiate swimmer Riley Gaines said, “Being the real girl in that photo and also University of Kentucky’s nominee for NCAA WOTY, this is yet another slap in the face to women. First a female national title and now nominated for the pinnacle award in collegiate athletics,” she wrote in a tweet. “The @NCAA has made this award worthless.
“This award combines athletic performance with academics, service, and character. What character has Thomas shown other than sheer selfishness and entitlement? The disrespect and disregard for the other female athletes in Thomas’ interviews is eye opening.”
This award combines athletic performance with academics, service, and character. What character has Thomas shown other than sheer selfishness and entitlement? The disrespect and disregard for the other female athletes in Thomas' interviews is eye opening.
— Riley Gaines (@RileyGaines) July 16, 2022
“This award recognizes not only athletic performance but also academics, service and character, so to be thought of as someone who embodies all of those things is extremely humbling,” Gaines said. “I’m aware I was up against a department full of amazing female student-athletes, so I’m very grateful and always proud to be a Wildcat. I have so much love for UK and Big Blue Nation.”
Clay Travis commented, “This is the culmination of what for years they told us on the left would never happen to women’s sports. Any time you pointed out, ‘Hey, wait a minute, there’s a lot of men who are deciding to identify as women. And this represents a threat at its most fundamental level to women’s athletics. Somebody who is a man is going to come out and set an all-time record in women’s sports.’ And everybody said, ‘No, no, you’re making it up. This isn’t happening anywhere.’ Lia Thomas made it happen. Lia Thomas was on the men’s University of Pennsylvania swim team. Talented collegiate male swimmer, decided to become a woman during his college tenure, then becomes one of the women’s champions in the 500 and now nearly sets all-time women’s records and now is being nominated for Women’s Athlete of the Year.” Total scam.