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Riley Gaines rips NCAA President Charlie Baker’s Senate testimony as ‘entirely disingenuous’

Former University of Kentucky swimmer Riley Gaines called out the NCAA and current president Charlie Baker in response to his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday where he was asked specifically about the issues Gaines has raised about her experience swimming against transgender swimmer Lia Thomas in 2022. 

Gaines, a 12-time NCAA All-American swimmer and five-time SEC Champion, spoke to OutKick’s Dan Dakich on Thursday about Baker appearing to distance himself from his predecessor’s policies related to transgender athletes competing in women’s sports, specifically with regard to locker rooms. 

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University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas and Kentucky swimmer Riley Gaines tied for 5th in the 200 Freestyle finals at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships on March 18th, 2022 at the McAuley Aquatic Center in Atlanta Georgia.  (Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

“First of all, his argument, his responses, they were entirely disingenuous,” Gaines said. “To tout about the safety and privacy of all athletes – no, we were utterly disregarded and totally violated. What they were protecting, of course, was the privacy and the safety of a man at the expense of us.” 

“It’s not necessarily a policy, it’s a lack thereof a policy. And in regards to the competition even, what the NCAA is doing now is an abomination really, in regards to the whole trans issue, because they want all hands off deck,” Gaines continued. “They don’t want to be responsible or accountable at all, which is pretty telling that they know it’s wrong. If they wholeheartedly stood by the fact that there was nothing wrong with allowing men to compete in women’s sports and there was no difference between men and women, they would have a blanket policy like they did in 2010 that was implemented all the way through 2022.”

Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., who had questioned Baker over the policies of the NCAA, sent out a formal letter to the NCAA requesting that the association respond to further questions on what exactly the current policy is regarding transgender athletes in women’s locker rooms.

Fox News’ Lindsay Kornick contributed to this report. 

Paulina Dedaj is a Sports Reporter for Fox News Digital.


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