Transgender Basketball Player Quits Team

Kye Allums, the transgender guard for the George Washington University women’s basketball team, will not be competing next year.

According to an Associated Press piece:

The school announced that Kye Allums “has decided that it is in his best interest to no longer participate in intercollegiate athletics.”

“I alone came to this conclusion,” Allums said in a statement released by the university, “and I thank the athletic department for respecting my wishes.”

GW didn’t explain the reason Allums, who has just finished his junior year, decided not to play next year, though it doesn’t seem to have much to do with gender. According to the article, Allums,

suffered two concussions early in the season and played in only eight games. He told The Associated Press in March that he has had suffered a total of eight concussions, that he was having memory problems and that he was unsure whether he would be cleared medically to play his senior season. He said doctors told him that he were a football player, his playing days would certainly be over.

Allums, who was born a woman, was previously known as Kay-Kay. In November the basketball player announced that he wished to be identified as male.

Allums is registered for fall classes at GW.

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer