Abrahm DeVine files charges against Stanford University swimming coaches, claiming they kicked him off the team because he is gay.
As progressive as we would like to believe our world has become, we are met with another story of an individual facing repercussions for their sexuality. This time, two-time NCAA champion swimmer Abrahm DeVine has filed charges against his former Stanford University swimming coaches, claiming they kicked him off the team because he is gay.
Devine previously won NCAA championship for the 400-meter individual medley in 2018 and 2019, and represented Team USA at the World Aquatics Championships in South Korea. While DeVine graduated from Stanford this year, he was eligible to swim for the team again as a postgraduate but claims the university didn’t invite him back because of his sexuality.
“Plain and simple: There are surface-level reasons I was kicked off the Stanford swim team,” he alleged via Instagram, “but I can tell you with certainty that it comes down to the fact that I am gay.”
“This is a pattern,” DeVine states. “Homophobia is systematic, intelligently and masterfully designed to keep me silent and to push me out. I am a talented, successful, educated, proud, gay man: I am a threat to the culture that holds sports teams together.”
DeVine’s former Stanford coaches, Greg Meehan and Dan Schemmel, have both denied any homophobic motives in not inviting him back to the team even going as far as stating “Abe wasn’t invited back to train with us this fall, as a postgraduate, for reasons entirely unrelated to his sexuality,” they said in a joint statement. “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.”.
Understandably, DeVine was convinced by their statements. DeVine goes on to say “I want something to change, because I can’t take it anymore. My story is not unique. There are queer voices everywhere and all you have to do is listen. I am asking, begging for some sort of action. If you are reading this, this post is for you! Gay or straight, swimmer or not. None of us are exempt from homophobia. It is your civil duty to educate yourself. If you choose not to, it is at my expense.”.