Josh Hawley Tears Into NCAA President Over Transgender Policy

( – Republican Senator Josh Hawley sent a letter to the president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, asking for clarification on their policies regarding transgender athletes—and he’s not happy with the response he received.

NCAA president Charlie Baker testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee last month, speaking on the future of college sports. Baker said he “wasn’t sure” about his organization’s policies on transgender athletes and locker rooms. Afterward, Sen. Hawley sent him a letter asking for the specific NCAA policies on transgender athletes, specifically on their access to locker rooms. Hawley asked for a “comprehensive explanation” of the NCAA’s policies.

Baker sent back a six-page letter responding to Hawley’s questions, saying the NCAA adheres to all laws “regarding access to facilities,” which Hawley described as a “meaningless word salad.” He criticized the NCAA president’s inability to give a straight answer about “biological men competing in women’s sports.” Hawley added that until get gets a straight answer, he will keep demanding an explanation because “female athletes deserve better.”

One of the female athletes Hawley spoke of is Riley Gaines, a former swimmer for the University of Kentucky, who was forced to share a locker room with a transgender swimmer from the University of Pennsylvania, Lia Thomas. Speaking to the Senate committee this summer, Gaines said she was forced to “take off [her] swimsuit in front of a man” without any Another former collegiate swimmer, Paula Scanlan, said she and her fellow female swimmers were forced to take off their clothes in front of “a 6’4” biological male fully intact…18 times per week.” Scanlan said when she and other female athletes shared their concerns to the athletic department, they were told the presence of a biological male in their locker room was “non-negotiable.”

Sen. Hawley asked if Baker and the NCAA would apologize to the female student-athletes who were forced to share their locker rooms and undress in front of “biological men.” Baker did not appear to address that question in his letter.

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