Megyn Slams South Carolina Coach Dawn Staley for Supporting Trans Athletes in Women’s Sports

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All the attention was on the court in Cleveland on Sunday when the undefeated South Carolina Gamecocks took on Caitlin Clark and the Iowa Hawkeyes in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship.

But there was a moment that happened before the highly anticipated matchup – when South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley and Iowa’s Lisa Bluder addressed the media on Saturday – that also deserves attention.

The Question

During the pre-game press conferences, Outkick’s Dan Zaksheske – to his credit – asked both coaches for their take on the topic of biological men competing in women’s sports. Bluder punted, acknowledging that it is an “important issue” but saying her focus was on “tomorrow’s game.”

Staley, meanwhile, gave the following answer:

ZAKSHESKE: One of the major issues facing women’s sports right now is the debate, discussion, topic about the inclusion of transgender athletes, biological males, in women’s sports. I was wondering if you would tell me your position on that issue.

STALEY: Um– [pause, sips water]

STALEY: Damn, you got deep on me there– [pause]

STALEY: I, I, I am on the– I mean, I’m on the, the opinion of, of– [pause]

STALEY: 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 may opinion. You want me to go deeper?

ZAKSHESKE: Do you think transgender women should be able to participate in college basketball?

STALEY: That’s your question you want me to ask– I mean, you want to ask, so I will give you that. Yes. Yes. So now the barnstorm of people are going to flood my timeline and be a distraction to me one on the biggest days of, of our game, and I’m okay with that. I really am.

Unbelievable. She is a complete turncoat to womankind. 

Staley is considered a legend in the women’s game. She got to a position of power. She got all of her accolades and awards. She got all of this fawning praise and money. And when she has a chance to do something for women coming up behind her, she pulls up the ladder and says play against the men. That’s what she just did there.

Praise for Staley

And you’ve got these lefties like USA Today sports columnist Nancy Armour – who is a repeat violator of women’s rights and can’t find a female athlete she wants to protect – praising Staley as a “goddamn national treasure” on X.

You are a goddamn national disgrace, madam, because you have a pen and a very large newspaper – dwindling, though, by the day – and you, too, can stand up for women. But you are too cowardly to do it.

And you know why? You are not a mother. You don’t have to worry about your daughter having to face some 6-foot, 4-inch man out on the basketball court like I do. So, I don’t want to hear from you. In her X bio, Armour calls herself the “aunt of three greatest boys ever.” She doesn’t even have nieces. On her USA Today columnist page, she says “I definitely know I don’t have all the answers, but I’m always looking for more of them.” 

Well, I’ve got one for you, Nancy: Shut the f-ck up until you know what you are talking about because girls are getting hurt by male basketball players posing as girls.

Men in Women’s Sports

I take you to Massachusetts, where the Collegiate Charter School of Lowell was forced to forfeit a basketball game against KIPP Academy in February because not one, not two, but three of their female players got hurt thanks to a male player on the KIPP Academy team.

You watch this, Nancy and Dawn. Look at this student writhing in pain after she was injured by a boy pretending to be a girl. Two others also got hurt and they called the game. It is happening over and over and over and over. 

At Waldorf High School in San Francisco, the captain of the girls team is a boy named Henry, who has competed in girls sports for at least the last three years. He is ranked number four in scoring in the North Coast Section of California with an average of 20.8 points per game. He scored 26 points in a January game while towering over the girls. Dawn Staley apparently wants a whole lot more of that.

‘This Is Wrong’

I am so sick of these women who are so terrified of the woke mob or trying to shore up their own bona fides with this crowd being afraid to say what they know is right, which is: It’s not safe, and it’s not fair. 

I have a daughter who was playing basketball just weeks ago and the thought of her going up against a biological man on that court is terrifying. She would be in danger. But because this legend, Dawn Staley, decides to look woke and empathetic, she has endangered her and all the other girls who play this sport.

I get so fired up about this because there is not even a nod toward the issues that biological girls will face if this gets permitted (and, by the way, it is technically okay right now in the NCAA). I don’t want my kid having anything to do with the NCAA or the WNBA. This is wrong on so many levels and more of us need to say it.

You can check out Megyn’s full analysis by tuning in to episode 760 on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you like to listen. And don’t forget that you can catch The Megyn Kelly Show live on SiriusXM’s Triumph (channel 111) weekdays from 12pm to 2pm ET.