Trans Penn swimmer Lia Thomas likens herself to Jackie Robinson: teammate


Lia Thomas, the standout transgender swimmer on the University of Pennsylvania, has created a “toxic environment” for the college’s girls’s staff, a brand new report claims.

Speaking anonymously to The Washington Examiner, a teammate complained that Thomas has acted entitled — even likening herself to groundbreaking baseball legend Jackie Robinson.

“She compares herself to Jackie Robinson. She said she is like the Jackie Robinson of trans sports,” the teammate instructed Christopher Tremoglie, within the op-ed printed Thursday.

Thomas competed on the Ivy League college’s males’s staff for 3 years earlier than transitioning genders, and has since shattered girls’s information on the college.

“She laughs about it and mocks the situation,” the teammate instructed the Examiner. “Instead of caring or displaying that she cares about what she’s doing or what she’s doing to her teammates, she’s not sympathetic or empathetic in any respect. Lia by no means addressed our staff. She by no means requested if it was OK. She by no means requested how we felt. She by no means tried to clarify how she feels. She by no means has mentioned something to us as a bunch. She by no means addressed something.

Lia Thomas sparked controversy after shattering records and dominating Ivy League competition.Lia Thomas sparked controversy after shattering information and dominating Ivy League competitors. Twitter / @PennSwimDive

“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 teammate continued. “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.”

Lia Thomas, a transgender swimmer on UPenn's swimming team.A fellow teammate claims Lia Thomas “mocks the situation.”Penn Athletics

The teammate additionally instructed the paper that Thomas has refused to observe staff guidelines relating to gown code, and wore Penn gear on a visit to Florida regardless of orders to not draw consideration to the staff to keep away from harassment.

Thomas mentioned final month she simply ignores the widespread backlash about her efficiency.

“It’s not healthy for me to read it and engage with it at all, and so I don’t, and that’s all I’ll say on that,” she mentioned.

Thomas instructed her college paper final 12 months that swimming remained a gentle power in her life.

“Being trans has not affected my ability to do this sport and being able to continue is very rewarding,” she mentioned.

Last week, Thomas misplaced a race to Iszac Henig, a Yale University trans athlete who swims on the ladies’s staff.

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