‘How can you expect to maintain fairness in athletic competition when transgender inclusion inherently and unfairly alters the field of play?’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) The Free Enterprise Project asked Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank to answer for the company’s contradictory policy toward transgender athletes and young female athletes.
Plank said he wants Under Armour to ensure that a “little girl … can do anything,” yet the company simultaneously supports biological males competing against them.
David W. Almasi, who represents the National Center for Public Policy Research’s Free Enterprise Project, confronted Plank at a shareholder meeting on Thursday.
“How can you expect to maintain fairness in athletic competition when transgender inclusion inherently and unfairly alters the field of play?” Almasi asked.
Plank ignored the crucial question.
He said Under Armour would not involve itself in political questions or debates about the nature of fair competition.
“Under Armour claims to want to help athletes achieve their best, but advocating for transgender privilege can be devastating when athletes find themselves unfairly matched,” said Almasi, the NCPPR’s vice president.
“Putting different physiologies in competition with each other effectively discriminates against those with less power and stamina. In this case, it’s often biological female athletes.”
Biological males have higher levels of testerone that lead to greater muscular strength and endurance compared to biological females.
Almasi presented Plank with examples of “transgender females” (biological males) competing in women’s athletic events and crushing their biological female competitors.
“Two transgender student-athletes in Connecticut came in first and second in female statewide competitions in 2018 and 2019,” Almasi said at the meeting. “At least one of them admitted that the male-to-female transition creates an advantage over biologically female competitors.”
Plank then had the opportunity to virtue-signal when a girl asked him about Under Armour supporting female participation in football.
“Plank praised the girl, saying he wanted the company to help be a ‘great equalizer’ for women in sport. He spoke of the ‘power of what sports does’ to ‘make us better,’” Almasi said.
“He even encouraged her to consider aspiring to play in the NFL. But how will girls like this one be able to achieve their full potential and take advantage of all the opportunities that might be available to them if they are forced to play opposite transitioning athletes with inherently greater power? It’s just not fair.”
Even the left-wing New York Times recognized that it is extraordinarily dangerous for girls and women to play football—especially against biological males.