WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A former member of the Stanford University swim team has accused the school of homophobia.
- Abrahm DeVine, who came out as gay in 2018, is claiming he was kicked off from the team because of his sexuality.
- Stanford swim team coaches confirmed that DeVine was not “invited back” to train with the team this year, but denied the ‘homophobia’ accusation.
A former member of the Stanford University swim team has accused the school of homophobia.
Abrahm DeVine, who came out as gay in 2018, is claiming he was kicked off from the team because of his sexuality. In an Instagram post on Monday, DeVine implied he was treated poorly and “used” during his time swimming at Stanford. DeVine graduated from the university in June.
“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 wrote. “This is a pattern. Homophobia is systematic, intelligently and masterfully designed to keep me silent and to push me out.”
DeVine believes it was his “job” to educate his coaches and fellow athletes at Stanford on his experiences, but unfortunately he found out that he was the only one speaking out.
“Everyone says they support me, and yet, for the millionth time, I am the only one speaking up,” he wrote.
“To my coaches who sport the pride flag on their desk, to the athletes who liked my pride photo on Instagram, I need you to wake up to what’s happening around you. How can you say you support me and my equality? How can you not see how Stanford Swim has treated me and used me over the last 4 years? Am I invisible?”
In a joint statement, Greg Meehan and Dan Schemmel, the coaches of the Stanford men’s and women’s swim team, confirmed that DeVine was not “invited back” to train with the team this year, but denied that it had anything to do with him being gay.
The statement read: “It is truly unfortunate that Abe feels this way. That said, Abe wasn’t invited back to train with us this fall, as a postgraduate, for reasons entirely unrelated to his sexuality.”
Thay added: “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.”