Abraham DeVine champion of NCAA twice has stated that he was removed from the team at Stanford as he was a homosexual.
DeVine who completed his degree this year stated: “Plain and simple: There are surface-level reasons I was kicked off the Stanford swim team, but I can tell you with certainty that it comes down to the fact that I am gay.”
He won a “400 meters individual in the NCAA,” last year and this year and was part of the “U.S world Aquatics Championships” held at South Korea this summer which was exclusively for gay swimming competition.
But his allegations were denied by the coaches Greg Meehan and Dan Schemmel at Stanford and said that: “Abe wasn’t invited back to train with us this fall, as a postgraduate, for reasons entirely unrelated to his sexuality,” they stated. “We take pride in the inclusivity and supportiveness that exists on both our men’s and women’s teams, but we will continue to strive, as always, to improve those aspects of our culture.”
As per sources DeVine spoke to a magazine in 2018 that his team was happy to accept even after he was gay but he was worried on expressing his view on the growing culture of homophobia in sports.
He also added saying: “There’s a culture that is created in a lot of sports where being gay is an insult,” he said at the time. “It’s something that gets tossed around and makes you not want to go to practice or not want to hang out with the team or be a part of the team.”
His post on Monday stated that: his experience is usual among gays who are into sports in college and he shared that “encourage everyone to be thoughtful about changing some of the homophobic aspects of the athletic culture that exists today.” “While I have many specific examples of microaggressions and outright aggressions that I’ve experienced, homophobia is ultimately much more than an accumulation of experiences. In fact, it is a denial of experience,” and “I am a talented, successful, educated, proud, gay man: I am a threat to the culture that holds sports teams together.”
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