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CrossFit

Sued By Transgender Athlete

You Wont' Let Me Compete With Women!

3/6/2014 12:12 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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A transgender woman is going to war with CrossFit -- claiming the fitness titans refused to let her compete in the women's division at the upcoming CrossFit Games because she was born with a penis ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Chloie Jonnson has filed a $2.5 MILLION lawsuit against CF -- claiming she underwent sex reassignment surgery in 2006 and is legally recognized as a woman by the State of California.

But when Chloie -- 5'4", 151 lbs -- asked the powers that be about competing in the Games with the ladies, she was shot down hard. 



In fact, TMZ Sports obtained a letter from CrossFit to Chloie in which the CF pulled no punches -- "We have simply ruled that based upon [Chloie] being born as a male, she will need to compete in the Men's Division."

CF argues ... "The fundamental, ineluctable fact is that a male competitor who has a sex reassignment procedure still has a genetic makeup that confers a physical and physiological advantage over women."

But in the letter, CF gets aggressive -- saying, "Our decision has nothing to do with 'ignorance' or being bigots -- it has to do with a very real understanding of the human genome, of fundamental biology, that you are either intentionally ignoring or missed in high school."

Boom. 

Chloie says CF is full of crap -- claiming the company is violating her civil rights by not letting her compete as a woman ... and she wants at least $2.5 million to make things right. 

For its part, CrossFit says transgendered athletes will be "welcomed with open arms in this community, but what we will not waver from is our commitment to ensure the fairness of the competition."

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Janielle37    

I agree with Cross Fit

195 days ago
2.

Georgia Wife    

This "woman" was born a male and therefore has advantages that born females don't have...end of story.

195 days ago
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Mary P    

Unless puberty was stopped - she has the physical attributes of a male in competition matters. I'm getting tired of being forced to say "well, you don't have a penis, so you are equal". In athletic competition, you are NOT equal. Stronger tendons, denser bones, better muscle placement on the body, etc. These don't change with reassignment.

195 days ago
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BLUE UGLY 💩    

Because you're a MAN, lunatic!!!

You're physically a man with testosterone and male muscle mass & it's unfair to compete with women. STFU, fake t*ts/inverting your c**k doesn't change what you really are

195 days ago
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joelzwilliams    

"ineluctable" Luv it! I will add that to my lexicon. As for this case, if you were born a man then you have physical advantages over women in your weight class. Sorry, I agree with CF, however I would have banned you for another reason entirely. For having all of those disgusting tattoos.

195 days ago
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Machelle    

Cross Fit is absolutely correct.

195 days ago
7.

CelebJustice    

So the money will make things right???

195 days ago
8.

Lebowski    

Another screwball from California, the land of fruits and nuts….

195 days ago
9.

Dead@27    

BALLS across the CHIN.

195 days ago
10.

maintboy    

needs to work in a circus cleanin up elephant crap side show or something

195 days ago
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hotandcold    

While she may now be female she has male dna and her body/muscle mass and capabilities are different. She has physical advantages over natural born women, physical capabilities other women just don't have. It would not be a fair competition, IMO.

Sorry, Chloie, but I'm on Team CrossFit.

195 days ago
12.

rey    

crossfit is a joke

195 days ago
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Melissa B    

They are right, she can dress like a lady and have her thing changed, but she has muscles like a man and this gives her a major advantage.

195 days ago
14.

Jacqui    

Cross Fit is 100 % right.

195 days ago
15.

E    

If the he/she really wanted things to be fair and "right", the he/she would push for a transgender division. Not $2.5M.

195 days ago
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