'Humiliating': Decision to Nominate Lia Thomas for NCAA Woman of the Year Award Sparks Outrage


Transgender swimmer Lia Thomas was nominated for the 2022 NCAA Woman of the Year award and not everyone is thrilled about it.

According to the NCAA website, the award “recognizes female student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in their community, in athletics and in academics throughout their college careers.”

Kim Jones, the mother of an Ivy League swimmer, spoke out against the nomination during an interview with Fox News.

She told the network the nomination is “humiliating” and “devastating.”

Jones explained, “[The message is] they’re not even worthy of dignity and comfort in their locker rooms. And this nomination is just the embodiment of that message.”

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She continued, “It’s really frustrating to understand where the current NCAA and Ivy League and especially Penn’s stance is on the value of women in modern society.”

Jones argued when biological males compete against women, the countless hours athletes spend training is “dismissed.”

“That’s what all that effort, all those hours, all that hard work and the journey that was supposed to be so empowering and fulfilling has been reduced to something that people think is a sideshow. It’s really frustrating,” Jones said.

She was not the only one to criticize the decision.

Several critics took to Twitter to express their disappointment and mockery with the decision.

Rep. Burgess Owens (R-Utah) tweeted, “Round of applause for those who have the courage to stand against the destruction of women’s sports by biological men! Those who are pushing this nonsense are complicit with silence and should ABSOLUTELY be ashamed of themselves.”

Conservative commentator Allie Beth Stuckey suggested people have to “laugh at the audacity of our current dystopia. Rest assured that the harder they push this stuff, the harder the pendulum will swing back. And it will swing back—sooner than you think.”

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Earlier this year, Thomas became the first transgender athlete to win a Division I championship.

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