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

Trans UPenn swimmer Lia Thomas claims she is ‘the Jackie Robinson of trans sports’ and is creating toxic environment on women’s roster, teammate says

  • A UPenn swimmer claimed teammate Lia Thomas, 22, called herself ‘the Jackie Robinson of trans sports’
  • Thomas, who caused controversy after joining the women’s swim team and breaking records, was also accused of constantly making arrogant comments.
  • The anonymous 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 charge comes after Thomas was beaten last week by a Yale swimmer who switched from female to male










University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas was accused of calling herself the transgender version of trailblazing baseball legend Jackie Robinson and of creating a “toxic environment” for the school’s swim team, one of her teammates claims.

Speaking anonymously to the Washington Examiner, the teammate said Thomas, 22, behaved well after she switched to a female and left the men’s swim team, which she joined for three years.

Thomas continues to draw controversy, which only grew after she shattered women’s swimming records at UPenn.

“She laughs at it and makes fun of the situation,” the teammate told the examiner.

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

“She compares herself to Jackie Robinson,” the teammate added, referring to Robinson breaking the race barrier and becoming the first black man to play Major League Baseball.

“She said she’s the Jackie Robinson of transport.”

Jackie Robinson

A UPenn swimmer claimed that teammate Lia Thomas (left), a trans woman, created a toxic environment in the team, calling herself “the Jackie Robinson of trans sports.” Robinson (left) famously broke barriers as the first black man to play in MLB

The anonymous teammate claims that Thomas never contacted her fellow teammates after joining the team and consistently makes arrogant comments

The anonymous teammate claims that Thomas never contacted her fellow teammates after joining the team and consistently makes arrogant comments

The trans athlete sparked controversy after shattering several UPenn women's records

The trans athlete sparked controversy after shattering several UPenn women’s records

The teammate further claimed that Thomas never reached out to her new teammates and only alienated them.

“All she does is make comments to people like, ‘At least I’m still the number 1 in the country’ and stuff like that,” the team-mate said.

“She doesn’t care how this affects all of us and how this affects our relationship with swimming. She doesn’t care, and it makes it really hard to like her.”

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

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

The teammate claimed that Thomas (top left) doesn't care how she affects other teammates and refuses to take orders so as not to draw attention to herself

The teammate claimed that Thomas (top left) doesn’t care how she affects other teammates and refuses to take orders so as not to draw attention to herself

DailyMail.com previously reported that a group of the team’s 41 swimmers had planned to boycott their last competition in late December due to Thomas’ inclusion on the team, but ended up not doing so due to fears of being considered transphobic and the team before the start of the game. Ivy League Championship.

Thomas has previously said that she is simply right and ignores the backlash about her performance and status on the team.

Last week Thomas lost from Yale to transgender swimmer Iszac Henig, 20, who competed in his last competition as a woman before he planned to take testosterone this year and switch to a man.

Henig defeated Thomas in the 100m freestyle to finish with a time of 49.57, more than three seconds ahead of Thomas, who finished sixth with a time of 52.84.

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

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

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

Henig still competes in the Ivy League school's women's team after coming out to coaches and teammates in April 2021, and in July he told the New York Times he wasn't taking hormones because he still wanted to compete.

Henig, (back row, center), with her Yale teammates before announcing she's transitioning to a man

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

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