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WNBA superstar Brittney Griner recently defended transgender peoples’ rights to participate in sports at a widely viewed press conference.

“That ranks high on the list of things I’ll be fighting for and speaking up against,” Griner said when asked by an ESPN reporter. “Everyone deserves the right to play. Everyone deserves the right to come here, sit in these seats, and feel safe. And not feel like there’s the threat, or they can’t be who they are, or like it’s just all eyes on them.

“I think it’s a crime honestly to separate someone for any reason. So, I definitely will be speaking up against that legislation and those laws that are trying to be passed, for sure.”

The comments drew the ire of Riley Gaines, who once finished fifth place in an NCAA women’s final.

“Which NBA team would have @brittneygriner since apparently the overwhelming, obvious differences between men and women should simply be overlooked? Heartbreaking to see athletically successful women take this demeaning stance,” Gaines tweeted Sunday.

“And if we’re going to talk about crimes, Brittney,” she added.

Griner did not immediately respond to Gaines’ comments. She has vowed to help free all wrongly imprisoned Americans, including former US Marine Paul Whelan, who is currently serving 18 years in Russian custody on espionage charges.

[Fox News]