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Senator Josh Hawley unimpressed with Charlie Baker’s Senate testimony answers on trans athletes

Former Kentucky swimmer Riley Gaines and United States Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) were not impressed with NCAA President Charlie Baker’s answers to questions related to transgender athletes in women’s sports during his testimony before a Senate committee.

Baker, who replaced former NCAA President Mark Emmert in March, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the future of college sports, specifically as it relates to name, image and likeness (NIL).

Sen. Josh Hawley and Charlie Baker

Sen. Josh Hawley, left, questioned NCAA President Charlie Baker on Tuesday. (Senate Judiciary)

He faced repeated questions about the participation of transgender athletes in women’s sports. Examples of Gaines’ experience in the locker room during the 2022 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships were used as a reference. 

Sen. Hawley asked Baker about female swimmers having to share a locker room with transgender swimmer Lia Thomas during the championship and whether it was still NCAA policy. 

A photo of Riley Gaines

Former University of Kentucky swimmer Riley Gaines speaks at an event. (The Leadership Institute)

“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.

“The policy that was in place at that national championships, because I asked, the locker rooms were unisex, meaning any man could have walked into that locker room, any coach, any official, any parent, to be totally frank, any pervert who wanted to had full access to that locker room. 

She continued, “He knew that. He knew what the policy was, he just chose not to answer.”

Baker is the former governor of Massachusetts. 

 Fox News’ Paulina Dedaj contributed to this report

Joe Morgan is a Sports Reporter for Fox News.


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