Stanford Swimming and Diving Issues Statement on Abrahm DeVine Comments

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Stanford swimming and diving has responded to Abrahm DeVine's Instagram post. Photo Courtesy: Connor Trimble

NCAA Champion Abrahm DeVine accused the Stanford swimming and diving team of treating him unfairly because he was gay on an Instagram post. Stanford swimming and diving has since issued a statement regarding DeVine’s comments that he was no longer allowed to train at Stanford as a postgrad.

The statement reads:

“It is truly unfortunate 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. 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.”

DeVine called out the Stanford team in a lengthy Instagram post that he shared on Sunday night that he was “kicked off the Stanford swim team” for “surface level reasons but I can tell you with certainty that it comes down to the fact that I am gay.”

Swimming World has reached out to DeVine but he has not responded or provided clarity regarding his post and accusations.

DeVine’s post can be seen below:

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As many of you know, I’m an openly gay swimmer and I am the only one at my level. I want to use this post to call out some of the homophobia that I’ve experienced being an athlete, and encourage everyone to be thoughtful and intentional about changing some of the homophobic aspects of the athletic culture that exists today. While I have many specific examples of micro aggressions and outright aggressions that I’ve experienced, homophobia is ultimately much more than an accumulation of experiences. In fact, it is a denial of experience. While I feel like I’ve tried to convey this to many people, many of whom deny any possibility that they contribute it, I’ve started to ask myself: Why is it my job to educate coaches and athletes at the most resourceful university in the world? I cannot continue to try to engage people in this conversation when there is so much fragility to obscure my humanity and character, so much rhetoric to keep me silent. Everyone says they support me, and yet, for the millionth time, I am the only one speaking up. 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? 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. This is a pattern. 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. 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.

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11 comments

  1. avatar
    Celeste

    I don’t suppose Cullen Jones counts as someone at his level then?

    • avatar
      Banks

      Cullen Jones has a wife and is expecting a child… ?

    • Tori Kroon

      Delia Weber they need to spill the real tea

    • Delia Weber

      Tori Kroon I think what will happen is one of two scenarios

      1) this catches national news or more news and forces Stanford to release more info (either the reason they kicked him off unrelated to his sexual orientation or some bs claim that they are working to improve)

      Or

      2) it does grow in news popularity and it just kinda gets swept under the rug and no one will know the truth either way it is

    • Tori Kroon

      Delia Weber I think that’s exactly it. Especially with the whole brock turner thing, Stanford was still relatively quiet about that

    • avatar
      Ann

      Swimming world is correct! Abe’s reason for not being allowed to swim with the pro team is 100% unrelated to his sexuality. Unfortunately, he feels the need to use that as his excuse to explain the real reason. He needs to grow up.

    • Andrea McHugh

      Swimming World is 100% corrrct here. Mr.Devine’s reasons for not being allowed to swim with the pro team have absolutely zero to do with his sexuality. He is using that as an excuse and that unfortunate he feels the need to do that. He needs to grow up.

    • Tori Kroon

      Andrea McHugh if it’s true or not it’s a shame that he felt that was his reason. Being a part of a college team should feel like a family and if he says that’s the reason clearly he felt unwanted as himself.

      • avatar
        Raymond Woods

        I understand the reason was because of some things that went on at the world championships

    • Delia Weber

      Andrea McHugh let’s be clear that Swimming World did not take a position on the matter. They only presented the facts they have. At this point, WE do not know the full truth. We can only make educated guesses based on the information we are given

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