Ivey dunks on ESPN, thanked by AFA

Ivey dunks on ESPN, thanked by AFA

Gov. Kay Ivey

Ivey dunks on ESPN, thanked by AFA

Alabama’s female governor is being praised for signing a bill that bans men from competing against female athletes and for hitting a homerun against a sports icon that criticized her for doing so.

After Gov. Kay Ivey signed House Bill 261 into law, she called it a step toward “protecting female athletes at all levels and upholding the integrity of athletics.”

The bill expands an earlier Alabama law that affected K-12 sports in the state.

Reacting to the new law, now-woke ESPN published a story via Twitter that stated Ivey had signed legislation “that will ban transgender women from playing on sports teams in college.”

“Let me fix that, ESPN,” Ivey replied in a tweet that states the law will ban “biological MEN from playing on FEMALE sports teams in college.”

The Republican governor’s comeback – which is being called a “mic drop” on social media – has been retweeted more than 4,000 times and generated 33,000 likes.

In neighboring Mississippi, Gov. Ivey’s bill signing got noticed by the American Family Association, too. The governor took a “courageous stand” for women and girls, says AFA spokesman Ed Vitagliano. She also came with facts and common sense, he says, which are pitifully lacking in the dishonest media.   

“Too often they get away with having their say,” Vitagliano says of the liberal media, “and Gov. Ivey was firm and dignified in defending the decision and the reason behind it.”

Vitagliano, Ed (AFA VP) Vitagliano

An online petition at AFA.net to thank Gov. Ivey has generated more than 18,000 signers.

The state legislatures that are passing laws to protect female athletes, Vitagliano says, can be linked to a "backlash" from the public. 

"I think it started with parents who, during the COVID shutdowns, began to pick up on what their kids were actually being taught in school," he says. 

Editor's Note: The American Family Association is the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates AFN.net.