Apparently, while the rest of the US is outraged at the University of Pennsylvania’s trans swimmer, he’s busy laughing it up. According to his teammate on the all-women team, ‘Lia’ Thomas compares himself to Jackie Robison and makes comments about being number one in the country on the women’s team. Thomas was mediocre, at best, on the men’s team and has reportedly made off-color comments bragging about how ‘easy’ the women are to beat.
The female swimmer, who spoke to the Washington Examiner on the condition of anonymity, explained in the second part of an exclusive interview that Thomas “compares herself to Jackie Robinson,” saying, “She said she is like the Jackie Robinson of trans sports.”
“I try not to be around her because the whole situation makes me so mad,” the swimmer said. “I don’t think Lia is a bad person. She’s very quiet and kind of introverted … It’s just really hard for me to respect her at all because of what she’s doing to my team and what she’s doing to women in general and not caring.”
The female swimmer also told the outlet that Thomas “laughs about” and “mocks the situation.
“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 swimmer said.
“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 added. “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.”
Apparently, Thomas also attends both the men’s and women’s swim team dinners and regularly ignores rules everyone else is supposed to follow.
“When she first announced she was transgender and was still on the men’s team, she went to both the men’s and women’s swimming team dinners on our training trip,” Thomas’ teammate told the Examiner. “It really rubbed me the wrong way because if you’re saying you’re a woman, then why go to the men’s team? And if you want to go to the men’s team because all your friends are there, OK, understandable. But then why are you going to the women’s team dinner? You shouldn’t get to bend the rules.”
Erica Carlin is an independent journalist, opinion writer and contributor to several news and opinion sources. She is based in Georgia.