Riley Gaines Blasts SC Women’s Basketball Coach Over Trans Athlete Stance

Former NCAA swimmer Riley Gaines called out Dawn Staley’s stance on transgender athletes in women’s sports after the South Carolina basketball coach said anyone who identifies as a woman should be allowed to play for an all-female team.

The OutKick contributor said Monday on “Fox & Friends,” that Staley, whose undefeated Gamecocks defeated Iowa on Sunday to win the women’s national title, doesn’t really believe what she said.

“In three years at South Carolina, she’s won two championships. I think her record is 109 and three. That’s unprecedented, so clearly she’s great at what she does, and she’s developed many incredible athletes whom I admire, but she’s either proving herself… to be entirely incompetent or a sellout, and personally… I don’t think she believes what she said,” Gaines told Brian Kilmeade.

“If you watch the video, her silence, the hesitation and that drink of water, I think it spoke volumes. I think she knew she had to be politically correct, and I know about as good as anyone that that pressure exists and it’s real.”

OutKick’s Dan Zaksheske asked Staley during a press conference on Saturday if transgender athletes should be allowed to play on a women’s college basketball team.

“I’m of the opinion of, if you’re a woman, you should play. If you consider yourself a woman, and you want to play sports or vice versa, you should be able to play. That’s my opinion. You want me to go deeper?” she said.

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