Controversial former NBA player Enes Freedom has recently made headlines again following his comments about transgender athletes competing in women’s sports. While reiterating that ‘men’ shouldn’t compete in women’s spaces, Freedom added that he could pretend to be transgender and average 60 points in the WNBA, highlighting what he feels is a biological advantage men have over women.
While Enes Freedom is not a biology expert, nor is he entirely dispassionate about the political slant of his messaging, he does highlight the general public about transgender women athletes. Freedom questions whether or not they have an advantage over cisgender women as a result of having their bodies go through male puberty. While boys and girls have roughly the same athletic capacity and strength before puberty but overwhelming differences emerge after puberty. Freedom is concerned that this will destroy women’s spaces.
He said, “Men don't belong in women's spaces. Restrooms - Locker Rooms or Sports. Since I'm blackballed from the NBA, should I put on a wig, identify as a woman and start dominating the WNBA? Maybe I should do it and it will show my point, actually. I will average 60 points."
Freedom gets backlash over comments
After Freedom made the Tweet, he faced a barrage of backlash for the transphobic comments. People mainly took issue with his language, referring to trans women as men and insinuating that they are motivated by wanting to invade women’s spaces and denying dysphoria as an issue. Freedom was also mocked for his claim that he would get 60 points in the NBA, which fans thought was a gross overestimation of his ability. The player has not played in the NBA for two years, and he averages just shy of 12 points a game throughout his career.