Transgender Swimmer Gloats: 'I'm the Jackie Robinson of Trans Sports'
Female swimmers speak out against biological male 'champion' Lia Thomas
Biological male transgender swimmer Lia Thomas is reportedly claiming to be "the Jackie Robinson of trans sports" after dominating female events.
Robinson was the first black player in Major League Baseball in 1947.
He played through taunts, slurs, death threats, and worse, with few in his corner.
Robinson did it without boasting or self-promotion while armies of bigots arrayed against him.
He proved that his race didn't matter as it gave him no advantages or disadvantages - he was equal to the other players on the field.
Fast forward to 2021, biological male swimmer Lia Thomas "identifies" as a "female" and dominates intercollegiate women's swim meets -- and, for the most part, has been given laudatory coverage for it.
Conservative media outlets have been the only ones to offer substantive criticism of men competing against women in athletics -- and when they do, Big Tech tries to silence them or starve them of advertising revenue.
Teammates at the University of Pennsylvania have been critical of Thomas's arrogance about dominating women's swimming, as Neon Nettle covered in prior reports.
Female swimmers have come out anonymously due to the fact they'd instantly be labeled transphobes.
Parents who sent a letter to the NCAA with concerns about letting Thomas compete against women have also stayed anonymous for the same reason.
University of Pennsylvania administrators have remained uncritically supportive of Thomas as he racks up win after win.
They've let him say whatever he wants, a privilege that Robinson -- the man who broke baseball's color line -- never had.
Yet, according to an anonymous report from a UPenn teammate published by the Washington Examiner on Thursday, Thomas claims to be in a light similar to one of the heroes of the American civil rights movement.
The opinion piece, the second part of an interview with the unnamed woman swimmer at Penn by the Washington Examiner's Christopher Tremoglie, contained the explosive quotation:
"She compares herself to Jackie Robinson,” the swimmer said, according to Tremoglie.
"She said she is like the Jackie Robinson of trans sports.”
Thomas swam for three years as Will Thomas on the men's swim team at UPenn before taking a year off for gender transitioning procedures, returning on the women's team this year.
After having had some success on the men's circuit, Thomas's dominance during women's Ivy League swim meets began drawing serious media attention when the biological male broke women's team records and set top times nationally.
“She laughs about it and mocks the situation," the anonymous UPenn swimmer told the Tremoglie.
"Instead of caring or showing that she cares about what she’s doing or what she’s doing to her teammates, she’s not sympathetic or empathetic at all.
"Lia never addressed our team.
"She never asked if it was OK.
"She never asked how we felt.
"She never tried to explain how she feels.
"She never has said anything to us as a group. She never addressed anything."
"The crux of the swimmers’ complaints is the biological advantage that Lia has over female teammates," Tremoglie wrote.
"The swimmers were promised competition between females, not men who want to be female.
"Yet, there’s also the matter of an apparently inflated ego."
The Robinson comparison isn't the only instance of inflated ego that Thomas seems to suffer from, the swimmer told Tremoglie.
“All she does is make comments to people like, ‘At least I’m still No. 1 in the country,’ and those kinds of cocky things,” the swimmer said.
“She doesn’t care how all this is affecting us and how this is affecting our relationship to swimming.
"She doesn’t care, and it makes it really hard to like her.”
The anonymous swimmer also told Tremoglie that swim team members are warned not to say anything about the situation, publicly or privately, or it would “jeopardize their future.”
“We were told, ‘You guys can say whatever you want, but we don’t want you to ruin your future. So, we will help you, whatever you want to say,’” she said.