Riley Gaines won $10 million from Whoopi Goldberg in lawsuit? No, that's satire | Fact check

By Mike Fishmore | May 12, 2024

Satirical platform

On April 29, a post on Facebook displayed a comparison of images featuring former collegiate swimmer Riley Gaines and comedian and talk show host Whoopi Goldberg. "Riley Gaines won $10 million against Whoopi Goldberg for defaming her reputation, extremely satisfied fans spoke up," the post's caption reads.
 

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Within nine days, the post garnered 2,500 shares. The assertion stemmed from a satirical platform and was initially identified as such, although the Facebook post omitted this detail. There is no valid proof that a lawsuit was filed in reality.
 

Outspoken critic

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The Facebook page that shared the claim included a link in the comments to an article from April 9 alleging a conflict between Goldberg and Gaines, with the latter being an outspoken critic of transgender women participating in women's sports.