Ex-NCAA swimmer Riley Gaines recently commented on the sentencing of Naomi O’Brien, who was found guilty of sexual abuse against a young child. 31-year old O’Brien was charged with encouraging and assisting in the sexual assault of a child, engaging in sexual activity in front of a child, and other related offenses. She was sentenced to nearly nine years in prison. O’Brien was prosecuted alongside Jonathan Walker, who was also found guilty of sexually abusing a four-year-old boy. The investigation uncovered disturbing conversations between O’Brien and Walker, in which she encouraged him to carry out the abuse. The Greater Manchester Police shared the news on social media, announcing the sentencing of O’Brien and Walker. Speaking about the case, Riley Gaines expressed her hope that both individuals would receive life sentences for their actions.
On a different note, Riley Gaines made a guest appearance in the controversial film, Lady Ballers, which has stirred controversy due to its portrayal of transgender and gender identity themes. The movie features a storyline about a high school coach encouraging male students to identify as transgender in order to participate in women’s sports. Gaines made a statement in Congress regarding the proposed Title IX rule changes, encouraging people to watch the film. She expressed her belief that the movie’s portrayal of gender issues needed to be addressed through comedy, emphasizing that the experiences of female athletes were being mocked.