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High School Basketball Game Forfeited After Biological Male Injures Three Female Players

A Massachusetts girls' basketball game was forfeited after injuries from a transgender player, igniting debate on fairness and safety in women's sports.

In a recent high school basketball game in Massachusetts, the principles of inclusiveness, safety, and biological reality collided on the court, leading to a decision that echoes the growing concerns over mixed-gender sports competitions. The Collegiate Charter School of Lowell faced off against KIPP Academy in a match that was cut short at halftime by Lowell’s coach, who made the decision to forfeit the game after three of his players suffered injuries. This wasn’t just any game; it was a glaring example of the consequences of prioritizing ideological commitments over physical safety and competitive fairness for female athletes.

The cause of the controversy and injuries? A male player on KIPP Academy’s team, reportedly over six feet tall with facial hair, who identifies as transgender. This player’s participation in the game starkly highlighted the physical disparities that can put female athletes at a disadvantage and, more alarmingly, at risk of injury. The visuals from the game, shared widely across social media, depict a scenario where a young woman is knocked down by the male player, sparking outrage and concern among advocates for women’s sports.

The decision to forfeit the game was not taken lightly. With their team already short-handed due to injuries and facing the prospect of further harm, Lowell’s coach decided to end the game early. This incident serves as a potent reminder of the inherent risks in allowing biological males to compete in female sports categories.

Riley Gaines, a former collegiate swimmer who is a staunch advocate for keeping males out of women’s sports, testified before Congress last year about this issue. In her testimony, she stated, “Not only do women have to worry about losing out on opportunities and being exploited in locker rooms, allowing men into women’s sports also puts girls at greater risk of injury. In September of last year, North Carolina volleyball player Payton McNabb suffered serious injury after a trans-identified male player spiked a ball at her head, rendering her unconscious. Payton experienced extensive trauma to her head and neck and long-term concussion symptoms. Still to this day, a year and three-ish months later, she is still partially paralyzed on her right side, her vision is impaired, and she isn’t playing college sports, like she had dreamed of.”

This incident in Massachusetts is not an isolated case but part of a broader, contentious debate over the future of women’s sports. As more instances like this come to light, it becomes increasingly clear that the policies governing transgender participation in sports require serious revision. The integrity of women’s sports, the safety of female athletes, and the very essence of fair competition hang in the balance.

Robert Chernin

Robert Chernin

Robert B. Chernin has brought his years of political consulting and commentary back to radio. As a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser and political confidant, Robert has a unique perspective with insights not heard anyway else. Robert has consulted on federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Robert co-founded and served as president of the Electoral Science Institute, a non-profit organization that utilizes behavioral science to increase voter participation and awareness. Robert can be heard on multiple radio stations and viewed on the “Of the People” podcast where you get your podcasts.