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Brittney Griner Called “Uneducated” and Slammed for Branding Trans Athletes’ Ban From Competing With Biological Women in Sports as a “Crime”

Published 05/01/2023, 6:30 AM EDT

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In the ever-evolving landscape of sports, discussions around transgender athletes’ participation have become a hot topic, sparking debates. WNBA star Brittney Griner who has long been an advocate for LGBTQ rights recently came out in support of Trans athletes competing in women’s sports.

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Griner, who was detained in Russia for nearly 10 months last year came out and spoke with news reporters. The Phoenix Mercury star gave insights on her release and the time spent in prison as she prepared for the next WNBA season. However, this was not all as she took a bold stance on the inclusion of transgender athletes in women’s sports.

Brittney Griner shows her support for transgender athletes


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In a press conference, she was asked about her perspective on laws preventing transgender athletes from participating in women’s sports. Griner firmly stated that it ranked high on her list of causes to fight for. She emphasized that everyone deserves the opportunity to play and should be allowed to compete. Moreover, she also stated that it is “a crime” to not allow trans athletes to compete in women’s sports.

Everyone deserves the right to play. Everyone deserves the right to come here and sit in these seats and feel safe and not feel that there’s a threat and that they can’t be who they are. Honestly, I think it’s a crime to separate someone for any reason against that legislation is trying to be passed,” she said.


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Although this was a strong stance by Griner, it was not supported by everyone. Meanwhile, Jake Paul‘s trainer Benjamin Flores had a different opinion. He also suggested some solutions on how this issue can be solved.

Jake Paul’s trainer gives his opinion on Brittney Griner’s take on transgender athletes

Flores took to Twitter and did not mince his words when it came to Griner. He stated that the WNBA player was uneducated on the topic and claimed that it was ignorant to make such claims. He also called for a new league for trans athletes where they could compete alone.

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“She’s uneducated. Trans can’t compete against women and ruin their hopes n dreams they have worked their entire lives for. It’s ignorant to even say a man should compete against a woman in athletic events. Trans should have their own league. I’m sure other Trans would support,” he wrote.


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Jake Paul’s trainer’s comments on transgender athletes in women’s sports have once again ignited the ongoing debate surrounding inclusivity and fair competition. However, this is not an easy issue to solve. The debate surrounding transgender athletes in women’s sports is multifaceted, with various perspectives and considerations at play. This is why striking a balance between inclusivity and fair competition is extremely crucial.


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Sahil Sood


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Sahil Sood is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports, who specializes in covering live events and core sports. Sahil holds a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication and has authored over 1300 articles at EssentiallySports. His coverage of Sylvester Stallone's training with Earnie Shavers was widely praised for its depth and insight.
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