When high school wrestler 18-year-old Brendan Johnson saw who he was compared versus in the state competition, he withdrew from the competitors. Although Johnson, from Colorado, confirms that he gave up the competition due to the fact that of his faiths, critics question if it was something various.
Johnson was compared versus female wrestlers and chose to desert the match rather of face off with them in the ring.
Last month, Brandon withdrew from his slated match versus Skyview High senior Jaslynn Gallegos in the preliminary of the competition since he declined to battle a woman. Then when he got taken into the alleviation matches, he quit versus the 3rd challenger was Angel Rios from Valley High.
Both of the females he surrendered versus put in the competition. Angel Rios positioned 4th while Jaslynn Gallegos put 5th.
Brandon Johnson comes from Classical Academy in Colorado Springs. Although his forfeits ended his high school battling profession, he stated it was much better to lose by quiting than to battle a lady since it his spiritual and individual beliefs.
Brendan recognizes as a Christian. In an interview with KDVR, he argued that being that near a woman was an infraction of his faith.
” It’s so physical, physically close. I do not believe that’s actually proper with a girl. It’s likewise extremely aggressive, and I’m not actually, I think, comfy with that.”
Brendan mored than happy to discuss his views on Christianity and battling to the news source.
” There is something that I actually do discover troublesome about the concept of battling with a woman, and a part of that does originate from my faith and my belief. And a part of that does originate from how I was raised to deal with ladies in addition to possibly from various experiences and things.”
Although Brandon declined to battle since his challengers were women, he does not see it being a problem with equality.
” I do not believe that I am taking a look at them as not equivalent. I am stating that they are females which is various than being guys since I do think that males and females are various and we are made in a different way. However I still think that females are of equivalent worth to guys. I do not believe that seeing males and females as various [opposes] the concept of equality.”
Brandon’s forfeits were so questionable, he got another interview with The Denver Post. He confessed that considering that he began the sport in seventh grade, he had actually never ever battled with a woman.
” And I think the physical aggressiveness, too. I do not wish to deal with a girl like that on the mat. Or off the mat. And not to disrespect the heart or the effort that she’s put in. That’s not what I wish to do, either. Fumbling is something we do, it’s not who we are. And there are more vital things to me than my fumbling. And I want to have those top priorities.”
Gallegos started battling when she was 5. She discovered Johnson’s surrender to be sexist.
Gallegos talked to The Washington Post about how she felt about Brandon stopping since she was a lady.
” This entire time that I have actually battled, it’s simply me attempting to show a point that I am simply a wrestler,” she informed the Post.
“Therefore the truth that my gender is something that sort of holds me back still is simply a little stressful, however I appreciate his choice. It’s great. My entire thing is that I’m not a woman wrestler; I’m simply a wrestler. So it sort of does not injure my sensations, however I do type of take it to heart.”