A North Carolina varsity volleyball player has alleged that she suffered a serious concussion after a ball was spiked in her face by a biological male who was permitted to play on the opposing women’s volleyball team.
Payton McNabb, a senior at Hiwassee Dam High School, held a press conference on Wednesday to speak out about the injury inflicted upon her at the meaty hands of a transgender adversary who played on the opposing team at a volleyball game last year.
“I suffered from a concussion and neck injury that to this day I am still recovering from,” McNabb said. “Other injuries I still suffer from today include impaired vision, partial paralysis on my right side, constant headaches, as well as anxiety and depression.”
The incident occurred on September 1, 2022, during a match between McNabb’s Hiwassee Dam High School and the neighboring Highlands High School. During this game, a biologically male member of the opposing team delivered a vigorous spike that pummelled McNabb’s face. The incident was captured on video.
“I was unable to play the rest of my last volleyball season, and although I am currently playing softball, I am not able to perform as well as I have in the past because of the injury,” McNabb said, adding that her ability to learn and function in school has also been damaged by the injury she suffered.
“I am not here for me, because for me I know that my time playing is coming to an end. I am here for every biological female athlete behind me: my little sister, my cousins, my teammates. Allowing biological males to compete with biological females is dangerous.”
This press conference was convened in support of the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, which was passed by the North Carolina House of Representatives on Wednesday and is expected to go before the state Senate shortly. The vote in the House of Representatives saw all Republicans present vote in favor of the bill along with three Democratic representatives who defected from their party to support the Act.
McNabb was joined by University of Kentucky swimmer Riley Gaines, who competed against the transgender athlete Lia Thomas for the NCAA Women’s Swimming Championship in 2022, in calling for the North Carolina state legislature to pass the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act.
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