Former NCAA star swimmer Riley Gaines slammed Brittney Griner over the weekend after the WNBA star claimed that it was a “crime” to stop transgender athletes from competing against biological females in women’s sports.
Griner, who was freed from a Russian prison late last year in a prisoner swap for a notorious Russian terrorist, decried during a press conference last week legislation being pushed across the U.S. that aims to protect biological females from having to compete against biological males.
“Which NBA team would have @brittneygriner since apparently the overwhelming, obvious differences between men and women should simply be overlooked?” Gaines tweeted. “Heartbreaking to see athletically successful women take this demeaning stance.”
“And if we’re going to talk about crimes, Brittney…” Gaines added.
Griner was arrested in Russia last year on drug charges.
“You’ve always represented so much throughout your entire career about access and, you know, being able to do stuff, and I hate to put one more thing on your plate, but there have been a number of states who are aggressively moving to prevent transgender athletes from playing,” Bill Rhoden from ESPN said to Griner on Thursday.
“And I was wondering, again, I’d hate to put one more thing on your plate, but in terms of on your radar, where is that?” he asked. “You’re gonna have a tremendous platform, but where is that going to be on your radar in terms of advocating for athletes, all transgender athletes being able to play?”
Griner responded, “I mean, that ranks high on the list of things that I’ll be fighting for and speaking up against, you know, everyone has, everyone deserves the right to play, everyone deserves the right to come here, sit in these seats and feel safe and not feel like there’s a threat or they can’t be who they are or, um, like it’s just all eyes on them.”
“So, I think it’s a crime, honestly, to, to separate someone for any reason,” Griner claimed. “So, I definitely will be speaking up against those, that legislation, and those laws that are trying to be passed for sure.”
Brittney Griner claims it’s a “crime” to stop biological males from being able to compete against women in sports. pic.twitter.com/CTM9mV9nDz
— Jason Rantz on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) April 28, 2023