Joseph Ladapo champions trans sports ban at fentanyl press conference

Joseph A. Ladapo
'The solution is not to have boys playing on girls sports.'

Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo spent time praising a transgender athlete sports ban at a press conference meant to focus on the fentanyl crisis.

During remarks in Sanford, the controversial Surgeon General’s first remarks had to do with athletics.

“Who would have thought it would be controversial to allow girls to compete with other girls and not have to compete with boys?” Ladapo said. “I don’t think any of our parents would have ever thought that would’ve been controversial.”

He praised Gov. Ron DeSantis for efforts to stop transgender girls from competing in girls sports, a reference to legislation the Governor signed in 2021.

DeSantis at the same press conference defended that law.

“My take is, is evidenced by when I put my John Hancock on the legislation three years ago, saying that in Florida, girls have a right to compete against other girls in competitions that have integrity and that are fair, and you can’t have a biological male but into these competitions and win the trophies,” DeSantis said.

The comments, of course, came ahead of the Summer Olympics, where trans athletes face greater restrictions on participation than during prior games. That likely will become the subject of international conversation in coming months.

But Ladapo’s comments had little to do with an announcement of the expansion of counties participating in an integrated network for overdose response, the main thrust of the news conference.

Ladapo made the comments boosting DeSantis in a room of supporters.

“We have so many things happening at leadership levels at the federal level, you know, whether it’s boys playing on girls teams — and winning titles — or other just things that don’t make sense,” Ladapo said, “that having an individual — in this case of man who does make sense — just stands in in sharp contrast and is very refreshing for a lot of Floridians and a lot of Americans.”

Even as he discussed the fentanyl response network specifically, Ladapo continued to tie transgender sports to the unrelated matter.

“That’s why CORE has been successful,” he said, referencing the opioid response network. “It’s just really just common sense thinking about the problem, thinking about the solutions. And the solution is not to have boys playing on girls sports.”

The comments came after South Carolina women’s basketball coast Dawn Staley said trans women should be allowed to play women’s sports. Her team won the NCAA championship this weekend, but there were no transgender athletes on her team. Former platers have sued the NCAA over allowing transgender athletes to play in sports aligned with their gender identity.

DeSantis appointed Ladapo in September 2021, months after he signed the transgender sports ban. He’s since developed a following of his own, mostly for speaking against the use of COVID-19 vaccines.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • Rick Whitaker

    April 8, 2024 at 12:14 pm

    wow, lapdog really is a lapdog.

  • K. Fisher

    April 8, 2024 at 12:40 pm

    The fact that common sense does not apply to the left and Snow flake trannies all in the name of perceived hate because I don’t bow down to the mental illness that afflicts these individuals is a flamming bag of BS. God put us here to procreate which I don’t think is possible once you have sliced and diced your reproductive organs. And I certainly don’t want any women to suffer at the hands of a biological male because they can’t make it in the real world. Create your own category and go beat up on each other.

    • Rick Whitaker

      April 8, 2024 at 1:54 pm

      K. FISHER, so you know god and what god put us here for? you people that talk to god and know what god wants, scare me. what if god tells you to kil me? i have never personally met anyone like you that talks to god and knows what god wants. the people that know you are god damn lucky to know you.

    • Silly Wabbit

      April 9, 2024 at 10:09 am

      You kwazy.

    • dont say fla

      April 9, 2024 at 12:46 pm

      Id rather be accepted as a snowflake tranny than suffer whatever leads white people to that Tiny D (Trump) Fest called MAGA, soon possibly featuring a fish named Rhonda. Too soon. Always too soon. That’s what she said

  • Michael K

    April 8, 2024 at 1:54 pm

    Lapado is a political hack – not a serious scientific or medical expert. We were warned about him from his previous employer. There is no medical evidence or fact here, just red meat to inflame the low-info MAGA base. But he sure is making good money for never showing up for his day job – over $600,000 annually.

  • ScienceBLVR

    April 8, 2024 at 6:27 pm

    Ladapo is a Mallard.. quack quack

  • No more lapdog and k fisher

    April 9, 2024 at 12:07 am

    Don’t be such a hate monger K fisher, look in the mirror and forgive yourself for being a hypocrite and try being nice. If you can’t be a better person I’ll help you pack and move to Russia you freaking communist

  • Phil Morton

    April 9, 2024 at 10:17 am

    “Because fentanyl use is prevalent in trans sports. Did I do that right Mr. Ron?”

  • Recall Rhonda

    April 9, 2024 at 12:55 pm

    Recall Goblinator Rhonda and his whole Love Boat of guffawing goblins.

    Oh shoot, I forgot . G0P Run State. No such thing as a recall vote. Power is never given to the people if the G0P can prevent it.

    Lucky for us that Assley’s a nincomp00p and Rhonda’s Ivy League degree is really just graduating Little League .

    Should have stuck with T-Ball, Rhonda. Your T needs some work. It’s very low.

  • Marty Townsend

    April 10, 2024 at 7:32 pm

    Once again, Ron DeSantis makes me proud to be a native Floridian. He’s the best governor in my 67 years here. All the baby-killers who think men can become women and vice versa will have to wait until after all the normal people are gone and then you can have your Marxist hell-on-earth. And yes, Rick – God knows you and loves you and he wants you to turn around before it’s too late.

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