UPenn transgender swimmer Lia Thomas won the 500-freestyle at the NCAA Championships, but defeating biological women in their own sport has upset fellow athletes and one rapper.
“Wipe Me Down” rapper Boosie Badazz trashed the controversial athlete’s win during a podcast interview this weekend.
“Let them women have their glory, man,” he asserted. “We let that s–t down in 5-10 years, they’re gonna have kids raised to be big strong motherf—ers, then turn into women and take over the sport and get million-dollar contracts. Watch.”
He claimed that people “think money,” so it’s not out of the realm of possibility that a 7’5” biological male will come out as transgender and get recruited to a women’s NCAA basketball team in an effort to earn an athlete’s salary. “And [he’ll] be dunkin’ like Shaq.”
The rapper noted that women athletes don’t get paid equivalent salaries to their male counterparts, and believes that men can never understand what women experience.
“You know what women go through, man? Sit you a– down, man. Get the f–k out of the pool, man,” Hatch said. “You’re cheating, get your a– out of the pool, it’s not acceptable in my mind. I don’t know who agrees with me, but I’m gonna tell them ‘get your a– out of the pool, man.’”
He pointed out that women athletes train from young ages, but can never compete on the same level as a biological male despite their efforts. “Their shoulders not made like yours,” Boosie concluded.
Boosie went off on Transgender Swimmer Lia Thomas
“Get your ass out the damn pool & sit down mane! You got girls who been training since they were 4!” pic.twitter.com/6gDBgB7OnM
— Shannon Sharpe Burner Account (@shannonsharpeee) March 20, 2022
Virginia Tech swimmer and former Olympian, Reka Gyorgy, blasted the NCAA in an open letter for allowing Thomas to race, which disqualified her from the finals.
“I swam the 500 free at NCAA’s on March 17, 2022, where I got 17th, which means I didn’t make it back to the finals and was first alternate,” she wrote. “This is my last college meet ever and I feel frustrated. It feels like that final spot was taken away from me because of the NCAA’s decision to let someone who is not a biological female compete.”
The 2016 Olympic competitor pointed out that she was not the only female swimmer that was affected by allowing Thomas to compete. “Every event that transgender athletes competed in was one spot taken away from biological females.”
“Thursday was not a specific athlete’s fault. It is the result of the NCAA and their lack of interest in protecting their athletes,” she said in a statement.
“I ask that the NCAA take the time to think about all the other biological women in swimming, try to think how they would feel if they would be in our shoes. Make the right changes for our sport and for a better future in swimming.”