Matt Barnes Doesn't Want Trans Women In The WNBA

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Matt Barnes is lending his opinion to a contentious debate.

Over the last couple of years, there has been a big debate about whether or not trans women should be allowed to compete in women's sports. Trans women are those who were born as men but have since transitioned to women. While the differences between sex and gender are very much real, there is concern that the biology of a trans woman would ultimately give her an advantage over cisgender women.

With that being said, there has been an effort from lawmakers to ban trans women from participating in women's sports. Trans activists believe this is discriminatory, while some cis women have expressed a desire to keep trans women away from their various leagues and organizations. The science behind trans women and their supposed advantages is still being studied, although in the interim, athletes like Matt Barnes believe trans women should have to play men's sports.

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While speaking to VladTV, Barnes was asked about whether or not trans women should belong in a league like the WNBA. Barnes immediately shut that down, noting that it would be too much of an unfair advantage. Barnes noted that while he has nothing against trans people, he just doesn't think it makes sense for a trans woman to play against other women.

“I’m pro make your choice,” Barnes said. “But sports is different. Sports is a different beast. … I don’t like that. If you’re born a woman, I think you should play women sports. And if you’re born a man, you should play man sports.”

It is interesting to note that at this time, there are no trans women in the WNBA. There is a trans person in the WNBA named Layshia Clarendon, however, they are a trans male who recently got gender-affirming top surgery. Clarendon is still in the WNBA and plays for the Minnesota Lynx. This would be an example of what Barnes would prefer to see, moving forward.

Let us know what you think of Barnes' take, in the comments below.

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Alexander Cole is the current Managing Editor of HotNewHipHop. He started at HotNewHipHop back in 2018 where he began as a Sports and Sneakers writer. During this time, he has shown an expertise in Air Jordans, Yeezys, and all things that have to do with Nike. His favorite kicks are the Air Jordan 1 High OG, the Air Jordan 4, the Air Jordan 6, and the Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 in the "Beluga 2.0" colorway. Although his collection might not be the biggest, he is always looking to add new styles to it. When it comes to sports, Alex has a particular interest in the NBA and the NFL. His favorite teams are anywhere LeBron goes, and the Kansas City Chiefs. As a Montrealer, the Montreal Canadiens hold a special place in his heart, even if they haven't won the Stanley Cup in his lifetime. Alex also works for the Concordia Stingers, where he provides play-by-play and color commentary for the football, hockey, and basketball teams His favorite hip-hop artists are Kendrick Lamar, Playboi Carti, Travis Scott, and Lil Uzi Vert.