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ESPN host accused of ‘bigotry’ for opposing men in women’s sports

‘Don’t be fooled by the people who screech about ‘fairness’ to cloak their bigotry toward transgender girls and women,’ columnist writes

People who want women to just compete against women and not males who are confused about their gender suffer from “bigotry,” according to a USA Today columnist.

Nancy Armour directed her criticism at ESPN commentator Sam Ponder, who recently criticized men who compete against women in sports, such as William “Lia” Thomas, a male who called himself a woman and went on to dominate NCAA swimming competition for the University of Pennsylvania.

Armour wrote on May 28:

Don’t be fooled by the people who screech about “fairness” to cloak their bigotry toward transgender girls and women, the transgender girls and women who have the audacity to want to play sports, in particular.

This is, and always was, about hate, fear and ignorance.

ESPN’s Samantha Ponder is the latest to tell on herself, using a tweet by anti-trans activist Riley Gaines to “fight for the integrity of Title IX” and then patting herself on the back for her “support” of women’s sports.

Armour called Ponder’s (pictured) stance a “sham” and criticized her for not publicly taking the same stances that Armour holds on other sports and gender issues, such as the alleged underfunding of women’s sports compared to male sports.

“Did Ponder use her platform to express outrage at any of this? Urge her nearly half-million followers on Twitter to write or call their representatives and ask that women be given the funding and opportunities they rightfully deserve?” Armour asked. “Did she publicly participate in any of the many excellent documentaries, videos and commentary ESPN did to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Title IX last year? Or even Tweet about them?”

Armour also accused Ponder of having “hostility” toward “transgender woman,” using the phrase for a man who calls himself a woman.

The USA Today columnist also accused the ESPN commentator of having “privilege.”

“Yes, it takes real courage for a woman with an inordinate amount of privilege to pile on a group that is already among the most vulnerable in our society,” Armour wrote.

MORE: Female athletes were forced to undress in front of Thomas

IMAGE: Samantha Ponder/Twitter

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Matt has previously worked at Students for Life of America, Students for Life Action and Turning Point USA. While in college, he wrote for The College Fix as well as his college newspaper, The Loyola Phoenix. He holds a B.A. from Loyola University-Chicago and an M.A. from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He lives in northwest Indiana with his family.