Annually, the NCAA hosts a convention to celebrate the accomplishments of its past athletes who left an indelible mark on the league. Traditionally, the opening night of the convention features a grand procession across the main stage, showcasing highlights from these athletes’ remarkable careers while they bask in the applause of the audience.
However, this year’s opening night took an unfortunate turn as transgender swimmer Lia Thomas took her turn on the stage, eliciting a chorus of boos from the crowd.
“The audience’s response was less than positive,” noted event coordinator Joe Barron. “Many attendees expressed their reservations about Lia’s participation in the evening’s festivities.”
Riley Gaines, a supporter of several other NCAA legends in attendance that evening, rather than a stage walker herself due to her 5th-place ties, vocally voiced her displeasure. “In my opinion, she’s not a legend; she’s a cheater,” Riley exclaimed. “Seeing her up there was quite disheartening.”
Riley’s disruptive outbursts and insistence on her own prominence eventually led to her being asked to leave. Her insistence on declaring, “Do you know who I am?” became more exasperating than the story of individuals seeking reasons to harbor animosity and fuel their cultural conflicts.
In the end, Lia Thomas found solace in the experience, as it alerted her to avoid fictitious events on Facebook troll pages. Blessings upon America.