NBA champion Matt Barnes said that while he supports the transgender community, he is not in favor of trans women joining some professional sports leagues.
Barnes shared her personal views about transgender women potentially playing in the WNBA in an interview with VladTV.
“I don’t like it,” Barnes said. “If you’re born a woman, you have to play women’s sports. If you’re born a man, you have to play men’s sports. I think the sports thing is a little different.”
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The interview was posted on Vlad TV’s YouTube account on October 21. Barnes’ comments were made about NCAA swimming champion Lia Thomas.
Thomas’ achievements were called into question when it was revealed that he was born a male but began hormone therapy in 2019.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis spoke out against Thomas, saying he believes other athletes are at a competitive disadvantage.
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Olympic gold medalist Caitlyn Jenner also admitted that the rules were not fair when Thomas followed all the rules.
During an interview with Fox News in June, Jenner said that Thomas “played by the rules” but “[given] the ability to honestly take medals from other athletes.”
Jenner blamed the university’s athletic governing body.
“I’ve been talking to the NCAA. They have to tighten these rules because the NCAA has to come out to protect women’s sports,” Jenner said.
“That’s a line that shouldn’t be crossed,” Barnes said of NBA stars like Kevin Durant hypothetically playing in the WNBA.
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Barnes said he is “ready to make his own choice,” but as it relates to sports, he believes there is a difference.
“Sports is different. Sports is a different animal,” he said.