2 ESPN Radio Hosts Suspended for Comments Over Transgender Basketball Player
Two ESPN Radio hosts have been suspended after they spewed anti-transgender remarks against a 50-year-old transgender woman who received media attention after she made her debut on a community college basketball team, OutSports reports.
Earlier this month, Gabrielle Ludwig, a six-foot-eight 220-pound Desert Storm veteran, made international headlines after she made her college basketball debut for Mission College -- a community college in Santa Carla, Calif. According to the Oakland (Calif.) Tribune, Ludwig, born Robert John Ludwig, is considered to be the first transgender athlete to play college sports as both a man and woman.
The basketball player, who first played the sport as a man nearly 32 years ago, completed her transition in July and was allowed to play on the college’s team thanks to Santa Clara athletic director Mike Perez and coach Corey Cafferata, who supported Ludwig.
The article notes that the California Community College Athletic Association decides gender by birth certificate. In order to be a member of the team, Ludwig had to petition a court and provide medical documents that she underwent a sex change. On Nov. 30, an Alameda County Superior Court judge ruled that Ludwig was a woman and awarded her with a birth certificate reflecting her proper gender.
Some have argued that her size is an unfair advantage when facing off against rival teams, who are about 30 years younger than Ludwig, but the commissioner for the Coast Conference, Dale Murray, says he has not seen evidence that the basketball player has an advantage.
"She just happens to be a bit taller than everyone else," he said. "What if she was born a female and six-feet five-inches? She’s a little older than other community college players, so that’s probably to her disadvantage."
Nevertheless, some are still uncomfortable with Ludwig’s stature and would like to see her removed from the team.