Kye Allums, the first openly transgender athlete in NCAA Division 1 history, has decided to leave the George Washington women’s basketball team and will not play his senior year.
In a statement released by the university, Allums announced he “has decided that it is in his best interest to no longer participate in intercollegiate athletics.”
Last November, Allums made headlines when he announced his attentions to be known as a man but postponed surgery and hormone treatments until after his basketball career with the Colonial’s team. At the time, head coach Mike Bozeman said, “The George Washington University women’s basketball program, including myself, support Kye’s right to make this decision.”
The shooting guard’s season was cut short due to two concussions suffered early in the year, and he only managed to play 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 he were a football player, his playing days would certainly be over.
“I alone came to this conclusion,” Allums said in the statement “and I thank the athletic department for respecting my wishes.”
In 45 games for the Colonials, Allums average 6.4 points-per-game including a career high of 21 points against La Salle in January of 2010.
According to the university, Allums is still enrolled and is registered for the fall semester at the Washington, D.C. campus.