Riley Gaines slams team for making crowd 'pledge support' to LBGT flag (2024)

Riley Gaines slammed Pride Night in the Professional Women's Hockey League (PWHL) as 'brainwashing' and compared it to 'Nazi propaganda in Germany.'

The furious former NCAA swimmer shared a post from an audience member who attended a PWHL game between Ottawa and Boston on Wednesday night at TD Place inCanada.

In the post, Michelle Alleva recounted her experience, stating, 'Before the game, the audience was asked to read the following pledge out loud together.'

'Part of the intention is to train the audience (which was full of young girls) to accept boys in their sports and to vilify people who don't,' she continued.

Gaines labeled the game as 'insane' and wrote, 'Literal brainwashing. This is equivalent to the propaganda spread in Nazi Germany.'

Riley Gaines slammed Pride Night in the Professional Women's Hockey League (PWHL) as 'brainwashing' and compared it to 'Nazi propaganda in Germany'

The furious former NCAA swimmer shared a post from an audience member who attended a PWHL game between Ottawa and Boston on Wednesday night at TD Place in Canada

In a photo shared by Alleva, what was dubbed the 'Sport A Rainbow Pledge' was displayed on the big screen before the game.

It reads:'By Sporting A Rainbow, I understand that all athletes, coaches and competitors deserve to participate in sport free of judgement.

'I will help by speaking up against hateful speech and action in my sport. Because it's about more than just the game'

It was part of the first Pride Night game hosted by PWHL Ottawa on Wednesday, advocating for inclusivity and diversity in sports.

According to Alleva, nearly everyone in the audience participated in the pledge, and no one protested.

Footage shared by PWHL Ottawa on X captures athletes and coaches donning T-shirts, scarves, sneakers and socks, all featuring rainbow colors, on their walk-in to the arena.

Even the ice hockey sticks were taped with LGBTQ rainbow cloth.

It was part of the first Pride Night game hosted by PWHL Ottawa on Wednesday, advocating for inclusivity and diversity in sports

Fans waved flags and held signs to celebrate 'Pride Night' at the game between Boston and Toronto last week

LOVE IS LOVE. 🌈🫶

PWHL Ottawa x @WoodyCreekDisti pic.twitter.com/V56l7HDq6j

— PWHL Ottawa (@PWHL_Ottawa) April 24, 2024

The pride night game in Ottawa follows a similar-themed game in Boston last week, where fans waved flags and held signs to celebrate at the game between Boston and Toronto.

Jamie Lee Rattray, ambassador for the foundation Sport A Rainbow and player for Boston said after the game: 'It was really cool seeing all the rainbow signs and all the representation here tonight.'

Gaines has been an outspoken critic of allowing biological males to compete against women.

She famously competed against Lia Thomas, a biological male who identifies as female, who swept the 2022 NCAA swimming championships.

DailyMail.com previously reported that Gaines is among 16 female athletes who have filed a lawsuit against the NCAA for violating the federal civil rights law of Title IX.

The suit centers around Thomas, whocompeted as a man as recently as 2019, and had her rankings greatly improved following her gender transition.

DailyMail.com previously reported that Gaines is among 16 female athletes who have filed a lawsuit against the NCAA for violating the federal civil rights law of Title IX

The federal lawsuit, the first of its kind, centers around Lia Thomas, seen with Gaines, who won the 2022 NCAA Swimming Championships as a student at the University of Pennsylvania

Plaintiffs are seen from from top, left to right: Kylee Alons, Katie Blankenship, Réka György, and Julianna Morrow; and (from bottom, left to right): Lily Mullens, Kate Pearson, Carter Satterfield, and Kaitlynn Wheeler

Three months after Thomas' win, World Aquatics implemented a ban on transgender women. US Swimming, by that time, had already introduced strict transgender regulations in March 2022, which critics said stopped short of a ban.

However, the NCAA continues allowing transgender athletes in women's sports, leading to outrage from activists and female swimmers.

The lawsuit claims Thomas' win and participation in the event represented a violation of Title IX, which gives women the right to equal opportunity in sports.

It asks the NCAA to change its rules to render biological males ineligible to compete against female athletes and that it revoke all awards handed to trans athletes in women's competitions and give them to their female contenders.

Moreover, the suit demands 'damages for pain and suffering, mental and emotional distress, suffering and anxiety, expense costs and other damages due to defendants' wrongful conduct.'

Other plaintiffs include former North Carolina State swimmer Kylee Alons, current Virginia Tech simmer Réka György, and Kaitlynn Wheeler, who swam for the University of Kentucky, as did Gaines.

Riley Gaines slams team for making crowd 'pledge support' to LBGT flag (2024)
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