Star Stanford swimmer Abrahm Devine says he was kicked off team because he’s gay

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10/04/2019

An accomplished former Stanford swimmer claims in an Instagram post that he was kicked off the university’s team because he’s gay, CBS San Francisco reports. Abrahm Devine says in a caption under a picture of himself that he’s the only openly-gay swimmer on his level. During his time at Stanford, Devine became an NCAA champion, broke several Stanford swim records and was named the Pac-12 Conference Swimmer of the Year. In a Stanford YouTube video, Devine said, “It was a really easy decision for me to choose Stanford.” He graduated earlier this year but isn’t returning this fall as a postgraduate, he says, because of his sexuality. Devine wrote, “Why is it my job to educate coaches and athletes at the most resourceful university in the world?” He went on to say, “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.”

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