Riley Gaines ‘ambushed and physically hit’ after Saving Women’s Sports speech at San Francisco State (2024)

Swimmer Riley Gaines says she was “ambushed and physically hit” and forced to barricade for three hours from a mob of trans-rights protesters who stormed her speech about protecting women’s sports.

The 12-time All-American champ — a former competitor of controversial trans swimmer Lia Thomas -— shared alarming footage of cops hustling her to safety late Thursday at San Francisco State University.

“Why are you running!” one of the protesters yells gleefully — before a short-haired activist jumps in front of her to scream abuse.

“Yeah you f—ing transphobic bitch — I f–ing see you!” the deranged-sounding activist screams as Gaines tries to escape down a hallway.

Gaines’ footage — as well as other clips shared on social media — show security and university staff blocking the angry mob from following the distressed guest speaker as she’s taken to a safe room at 8:30 p.m.

“You crying! You f—ing crying bitch — f–k you!” one of the group screams.

“Bye bitch! F–k you,” the protesters yells, as others holding “Trans Lives Matter” signs chant “trans rights are human rights” and “Trans women are women.”

Gaines’ agent, Eli Bremer, said that she was then “barricaded” in a room “for three hours.”

“The police cannot break Riley free,” he said, with student outlet Golden Gate Xpress showing more than a dozen of San Francisco Police Department cops arriving in several squad cars as backup.

The prisoners are running the asylum at SFSU…I was ambushed and physically hit twice by a man. This is proof that women need sex-protected spaces.

Still only further assures me I'm doing something right. When they want you silent, speak louder. 🗣️

— Riley Gaines (@Riley_Gaines_) April 7, 2023

At 11:21 p.m., officers announced through a bullhorn that the gathering was an unlawful congregation and those refusing to leave would be arrested.

Gaines was finally able to leave at 11:38 p.m. — more than 3 hours after being first led to safety — with a huge police presence to stop her from being followed, online videos show.

She later said that she had been “ambushed and physically hit twice” in the mayhem.


“The prisoners are running the asylum at SFSU,” she wrote.

“This is proof that women need sex-protected spaces. Still only further assures me I’m doing something right. When they want you silent, speak louder,” she said.

Her husband, Louis Barker, also told Fox News Digital that the young swimmer reported being “hit multiple times.”

“I was shaking. It made me that mad. It makes me sick to feel so helpless about it,” the hubby said. “She was under police protection and was still hit by a man wearing a dress.”


Footage from earlier in the night showed cops trying to keep the protesters out of Gaines’ talk, with the chants still partially drowningout her words.

The activists — “organized by SFSU’s Queer and Trans Resource Center” — waited outside and then “rushed in when the event was over,” according to a spokespersonforthe university’s branch of the conservative group Turning Point USA, which hosted the event.

Bremer, Gaines’ agent, toldFox that Gaines wanted to “share her personal story of competing against a biological male athlete, Lia Thomas, at the Women’s NCAA Swimming Championships last year.”

“Instead of a thoughtful discussion tonight at SFSU, Riley was violently accosted, shouted at, physically assaulted, and barricaded in a room by protestors,” he said.

“It is stunning that in America in 2023, it is acceptable for biological male students to violently assault a woman for standing up for women’s rights.

“This will not stop Riley from boldly educating people of the dangers of biological males in women’s sports.

“She will continue to speak the truth against the radical left that no longer understands the difference between men and women.”

A study published by the British Journal of Sports Medicine in 2022 found that transgender women have higher muscle mass and lung capacity than cisgender women — but lower than cisgender men, according to Medical Xpress.

However, a 2015 study of transgender runners found that transgender women who received treatment to lower their testosterone levels did no better against female peers than they had previously done against male runners — suggesting trans atheltes don’t have an advantage, according to Science Magazine.

On Twitter, he decried how the fracas was just days after Cash App founder Bob Lee was brutally stabbed to death in the Golden Gate City.

“What is wrong with San Fran that they cannot protect tech executives nor can they protect women’s rights advocates????” he asked.

The university’s police department told The Post on Friday that there had been no arrests.

“We are conducting an ongoing investigation into the situation,” a spokesperson said.

“The disruption occurred after the conclusion of the event which made it necessary for UPD officers to move the event speaker from the room to a different, safe location.”

Riley Gaines ‘ambushed and physically hit’ after Saving Women’s Sports speech at San Francisco State (2024)
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