Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., called Megan Rapinoe, star of the USWNT about her stance on the participation of trans athletes in women’s sports, saying that she and others «do not stand up for what is right in this country.»
During an appearance on The Daily Wire’s «Crain & Company,» the former auburn football coach he took aim at Rapinoe, who last month was one of 40 professional, Olympian and Paralympic athletes who signed a letter to House lawmakers opposing the Protection of Girls and Women in Sports Act.
“The problem is that now he’s expressing his opinion that, ‘Hey, trans guys should be able to compete against women.’ Well, if that had happened during her career, she would have been working at Safeway or Piggly Wiggly,» Tuberville said.
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“She’s never been on the field, but now that she’s retired, ‘Yeah, I’m all for this.’ And that’s the biggest load of crap I’ve ever heard.»
Rapinoe, 37, has not retired from professional soccer. In January, she re-signed with OL Reign to return to the 2023 Women’s National Soccer League. She is just one of five players to remain with the same club since the NWSL’s first season in 2013.
She will also make an appearance for the USWNT at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in New Zealand and Australia during the summer.
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“They’re supposed to stand up for all this activist stuff, but they’re not standing up for what’s right in this country,” Tuberville continued.
«The main point of this is that it’s not fair. It’s not fair for girls to know they’re going to play for second or third place.»
The Biden administration’s April proposal to expand Title IX regulations has sparked a heated debate over equity in women’s sports.
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The new rules would expand the meaning of sex discrimination to include gender identity, which would prevent schools and universities from banning transgender athletes.
The Women and Girls in Sport Protection Act, introduced in February, passed the House last month but was blocked by the Senate.