Trans UPenn swimmer Lia Thomas is accused of claiming she is ‘the Jackie Robinson of trans sports’

UPenn trans swimmer Lia Thomas claims she’s ‘the Jackie Robinson of trans sports’ and creates a toxic environment on the women’s roster, according to her teammate

  • A UPenn swimmer has claimed teammate Lia Thomas, 22, is called ‘the Jackie Robinson of trans sports’
  • Thomas, who sparked controversy after joining the women’s swim team and breaking records, has also been accused of constantly making cocky comments.
  • The unnamed teammate said Thomas didn’t care how she affected the rest of the team and never tried to contact them.
  • She added that Thomas refused to follow orders not to draw attention to the team to avoid harassment
  • The accusation comes after Thomas was defeated last week by a Yale swimmer going from female to male










University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas has been accused of calling herself the transgender version of pioneering baseball legend Jackie Robinson and creating a ‘toxic environment’ for the school’s women’s swim team, according to one of her teammates.

Speaking anonymously to The Washington Examiner, the teammate said Thomas, 22, was doing well after transitioning to a female and leaving the men’s swim team, where she competed for three years.

Thomas continues to spark controversy, which only increased after she broke women’s swimming records at UPenn.

“She laughs about it and doesn’t care about the situation,” the teammate told the Examiner.

“Instead of caring or showing that she cares about what she is doing or what she is doing to her teammates, she is not sympathetic or empathetic at all.

“She compares herself to Jackie Robinson,” the teammate added, referring to Robinson breaking through the racial barrier to become the first black man to play Major League Baseball.

“She said she was like the Jackie Robinson of trans sports.”

Jackie Robinson

A UPenn swimmer has claimed teammate Lia Thomas (left), a trans woman, created a toxic environment on the team and called herself ‘the Jackie Robinson of trans sports’. Robinson (left) broke barriers as the first black man to play in MLB

The anonymous teammate claims that Thomas never contacted his teammates after joining the team and constantly makes arrogant remarks.

The anonymous teammate claims that Thomas never contacted his teammates after joining the team and constantly makes arrogant remarks.

The trans athlete has sparked controversy after breaking multiple UPenn women's records

The trans athlete has sparked controversy after breaking multiple UPenn women’s records

The teammate went on to claim that Thomas never reached out to his new teammates and only alienated them.

“All she does is make comments to people like, ‘At least I’m still No. 1 in the country,’ and that kind of cocky stuff,” the teammate said.

“She doesn’t care how any of this affects us and how it affects our relationship to swimming. She doesn’t care, and it’s really hard to love her.

The anonymous teammate also added that Thomas continues to disregard the team’s dress code of not wearing team gear in public, ignoring orders not to draw attention to the team to avoid the harassment.

UPenn did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.

The teammate claimed Thomas (above left) didn't care how she affected other teammates and refused to follow orders not to draw attention to herself.

The teammate claimed Thomas (above left) didn’t care how she affected other teammates and refused to follow orders not to draw attention to herself.

DailyMail.com previously reported that a group of 41 team swimmers planned to boycott their final meet in late December over Thomas’ inclusion in the squad, but ultimately decided against it out of fear. to be perceived as transphobic and to penalize the team before the Ivy League Championship.

Thomas has previously said she was just bonding and unaware of the backlash to her performance and status in the team.

Last week, Thomas lost to Yale transgender swimmer Iszac Henig, 20, who competed in his last match as a female before planning to take testosterone this year and switch to male.

Henig beat Thomas in the 100-yard freestyle, finishing with a time of 49.57, more than three seconds ahead of Thomas, who finished sixth with a time of 52.84.

He then powered Yale’s 400-yard freestyle relay to victory, swimming his leg in 50.45 seconds, while Thomas finished his leg in 51.94.

Henig also won the 50-yard freestyle in 22.76 seconds, just missing his personal best for the event of 22.59.

The two could meet again at the Ivy League Championships next month, although the pandemic has canceled the 2020-21 season.

Henig is still part of the school's Ivy League women's team after coming out to coaches and teammates in April 2021, and told The New York Times in July that he was not taking hormones because always wanted to compete.

Henig, (back row, center), with her Yale swim teammates before announcing to them that she was switching to men's

Yale trans swimmer Iszac Henig easily beat Lia Thomas last week in his final competition on the women’s team as he begins his transition to male

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