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Brett Favre doesn’t think it’s fair for transgender athletes to compete in the Olympics as women.
Favre addressed New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard, who will become the first openly transgender athlete to compete in the Olympics after being selected to compete in the women’s super-heavyweight category.
Hubbard competed in men’s events before coming out as transgender in 2013.
“It’s a man competing as a woman,” Favre said. “That’s unfair.”
Hubbard became eligible to compete at the Olympics in 2015 when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) changed its rules around transgender athletes. Updated IOC policy now allows people assigned male at birth to compete in women’s events without requiring sex-reassignment surgery if they have less than 10 nanoholders of testosterone in their blood.
“It’s not fair for a man, even if this person wants to be a woman or feels compelled, if you want to become the opposite sex, that’s fine, I got no problem with it,” Favre said. “But you can’t compete against, males can not compete against females.”
“If I was a true female – I can’t believe I’m saying that – and I was competing in weightlifting and lost to this person, I would be beside myself,” he later added.
Favre also spoke out against transgender BMX Chelsea Wolfe, selected as an alternate to Team USA’s BMX freestyle event on Monday. But Wolfe also was accused of making a since-deleted Facebook post last year, in which she vowed to burn the American flag on the medal podium, according to Evie Fordham of Fox News.
Favre said that Wolfe shouldn’t be allowed to compete.
“I wouldn’t have her participate in my Olympics; go participate for somebody else,” Favre said. “To say that is such a slap in our country’s face. I can’t believe this person can be allowed to participate for our country.”
“She should be banned,” Favre later added.
Favre has previously worked with members of the LGBTQ community, including gay former NFL player Esera Tuaolo. Favre appeared on Tuaolo’s podcast in 2020 to discuss head trauma sustained from playing football.
However, Favre was accused of harboring anti-transgender sentiments during the 2015 ESPYs. When Caitlyn Jenner took to stage accept the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage, Favre was seen giving an uncomfortable expression while slowly clapping before transitioning into a hand rub as the rest of the audience exploded in applause.
When you stare at bae the same way Brett Favre watched Caitlyn Jenner….. pic.twitter.com/WGxwBlrPDb😂😭😭
— GetYouHeard (@Get_You_Heard) July 16, 2015