Kye Allums: Transgender Hoops Player Leaves George Washington Women's Team
Kye Allums Has Decided to Give Up Basketball After Two Concussions
Kye Allums is someone who didn't shy away from controversy.
Allums is a player for the George Washington women's basketball team, but made headlines last year when he announced that he would like to be known as a man, despite being a woman by birth and would put off hormone treatments so that he could continue to play for the team.
However, that story is over after Allums left the team following two concussions that have added to his healthy problems and have limited his ability to play and function.
But he suffered two concussions early in the season and played in only eight games. He told The Associated Press in March that he has had suffered a total of eight concussions, that he was having memory problems and that he was unsure whether he would be cleared medically to play his senior season. He said doctors told him that if he were a football player, his playing days would certainly be over.
It's a real shame that it had to come to this and you always hate to see an athlete have to walk away from a sport because of health issues. However, Allums shouldn't have been playing with six concussions, let alone let it get to the point where he is up to eight for his lifetime.
With all we know about the brain now, it was irresponsible for the team to let him continue to play with so much trauma to his brain. I understand that he wanted to play and that no one wants to be told that you can't do what you love, but at some point, you have to recognize the risks are too great and it was a wise move to walk away now.
I would shudder to think what would have happened had he kept playing and suffered another head injury.
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