WATCH: Cruz presses NCAA President on transgender athletes boycott “threat”

During a hearing about NCAA athlete compensation, Senator Ted Cruz said to NCAA President Mark Emmert “I am concerned about just how political the NCAA has gotten on the question of transgender athletes.”

“When determining where championships are held, NCAA policy directs that only locations where hosts can commit to providing an environment that is safe, healthy and free of discrimination should be selected,” Cruz continued.

“That was a not remotely subtle threat for the NCAA to boycott and target states where legislatures are acting to protect girls’ sports and women’s sports,” Cruz added. “It used to not be controversial to observe that there are biological differences between boys and girls.”

Emmert responded “This is a very challenging issue, and the member schools of the association have worked very hard to try and not make it a political issue and rather to be aligned as closely as possible with the Olympic movement.”

“We’ve been constantly trying to stay abreast of the science and make sure that we strike in a balance where we don’t put women athletes at a disadvantage,” he also said.