A teammate to transgender UPenn swimmer Lia Thomas spoke out in a new interview with the Washington Examiner.
The source, who chose to remain anonymous, said “Women are now third-class citizens. Lia was not even close to being competitive as a man in the 50 and the 100 (freestyle events),” the anonymous swimmer said. “But just because Lia is biologically a man, [Lia] is just naturally better than many females in the 50 and the 100 or anything that [Lia] wasn’t good at as a man.”
“The top people at NCAA, who are on the board of directors … they are not protecting women’s rights,” she continued. “Imagine if there was this kind of inequality in men’s sports. Or someone found out about doping in a men’s sport. It would be fixed in a blink of an eye. Everyone would be all over it. But because it’s women, they don’t care.”
“People have come up to me and said this is so wrong,” she said. “I am typically liberal, but this is past that. This is so wrong. This doesn’t make any sense.”
“I’m trying to do everything I can without harming my future from stopping this from happening,” she also explained. “I can’t just sit back and let something like this happen. I’m not just going to sit back and say, ‘My rights are being taken away, too bad.’ It’s embarrassing that people aren’t speaking out more.”
“It’s crazy because I don’t actually know if Lia thinks this is fair,” she added. This can’t possibly be rewarding in any way. I can’t see how anyone could feel good about this.”