Andrew Bogut, a former NBA star who won a championship with the Golden State Warriors, criticized an Australian women’s basketball league for allowing a transgender woman to play in the league.
Bogut addressed the issue in a tweet Sunday, calling on «Girl Dads» to speak up on the issue.
«Word is that @NBL1 South Women will have a biological male playing this upcoming season,» he wrote. «Are you okay with sacrificing the sanctity of women’s sport in the name of ‘inclusion’?
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«#GirlDads where are you? The hashtag is all the rage until action is needed.»
The former No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft explained in more detail in a video posted to his Instagram.
«He [NBL1 South] Clubs were asked their opinion on the matter, comically. None of them did it for fear of losing their job,’ he said, although no coach has commented on it,» he said.
Bogut added that she had no problem with transgender men or women, but wanted to protect the sanctity of women’s sports.
«I have nothing against people who want to transition as adults… I do have a problem though: You feel like you can infiltrate women’s sports,» Bogut said.
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Basketball Australia confirmed on Monday that a transgender athlete applied to join the league as the country’s governing body announced new benchmarks for transgender athletes who want to compete in sports that do not align with their biological gender, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.
The organization asked for «patience» throughout the process.
«It has been disappointing to see the negative comments and hurtful language used on social media over the last 24 hours,» Basketball Australia said.
«We ask for your patience and understanding as we support Basketball Victoria in navigating through this complex space with integrity and respect for all involved, and we also thank those in the community who have shown sensitivity at this time.»
The Kilsyth Cobras said the athlete was in the final stages of the new eligibility process, according to the newspaper. Club executive Will van Poppel said no messages of concern were conveyed to him about the ordeal.
«Basketball Victoria, in collaboration with Basketball Australia, has developed guidelines for the inclusion of transgender and gender diverse people in basketball to assess athlete eligibility,» it said.
«The athlete has undergone all necessary medical and physical tests to determine eligibility, and we are waiting to hear the result of Basketball Victoria. The athlete will continue to train with our team pending the result.»
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NBL1 South is an NBL1 conference based in the south-eastern part of Australia. The NBL1 is a semi-professional basketball league based in the country. There are 19 women’s clubs in the league.