Annually, the NCAA convenes to pay tribute to its historical athletes who left a mark in the league. During the opening night, a grand procession graces the main stage, showcasing highlights from these athletes’ careers while they receive cheers from the audience.
Regrettably, this year’s opening night took an unexpected turn as transgender swimmer Lia Thomas took the stage, met with a chorus of boos.
Event coordinator Joe Barron expressed, “The crowd’s reception was less than welcoming, with many expressing their displeasure at Lia’s participation in the evening’s festivities.”
Riley Gaines, a supporter of several other NCAA legends present at the event and not there to receive any accolades herself, voiced her opinion, stating, “She’s seen as a rule-breaker, not a trailblazer. It was disheartening to witness her inclusion.”
Gaines, who ended up in a fifth-place tie that didn’t carry much significance, added, “I could have pursued a legendary path if not for the presence of rule violators. Cheaters tarnish the spirit of fair competition!”
Following her disruptive outbursts and insistent claims of “Do you know who I am,” Riley was eventually asked to leave, as her behavior became more grating than the incident itself.
In the end, Lia Thomas expressed her relief that this incident had taught her to steer clear of fabricated events on social media troll pages. God Bless America.