‘This is What Real Patriotism Looks Like’- American Journalist Tells LeBron James and Colin Kaepernick to Learn a Lesson From Olympic Gold Medalist Tamyra Mensah-Stock

Published 08/04/2021, 5:15 AM EDT


The Tokyo Olympics 2020 has seen its fair share of triumphs and successes. However, there’s no joy without controversy, and it’s kicked up once again. American journalist David Hookstead just took a shot at LeBron James and Colin Kaepernick after Tamyra Mensah-Stock’s wrestling gold medal.

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Journalist targets LeBron James and Colin Kaepernick after Tamyra Mensah-Stock wins gold

Lebron James, USA, celebrates victory with team mate Chris Paul during the Men’s Basketball Final between USA and Spain at the North Greenwich Arena during the London 2012 Olympic games. London, UK. 12th August 2012. Photo Tim Clayton (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Tamyra Mensah-Stock’s gold medal win was nothing short of inspiring. She became the first black woman to win gold in wrestling at the Olympics, and her opponent made history too. Blessing Oborududu became the first Nigerian first wrestling medalist. After the history making moments, Tamyra gave a resounding interview.

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A reporter asked her how it felt to represent the USA since she had the flag wrapped around her. She said, “It feels amazing. I love representing the US, I freaking love living there. I love it, and I’m so happy I get to represent U-S-A!” Well, that is one proud American, but David Hookstead did not hesitate to criticise other African-American athletes.

Colin Kaepernick is the NFL quarterback who took a knee during the American national anthem. Hookstead took aim at him and NBA legend LeBron James, who has also been vocal about racism in America. Hookstead said, “This is what real patriotism looks like. LeBron James and Colin Kaepernick could learn a lesson from her.”

Although the tweet divided opinions, it shouldn’t take away from Tamyra Mensah-Stock’s historical win at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. She hasn’t just added a gold to the US’ medal tally but has become an inspiration to many young athletes.

How did people react to the tweet?

SANTA CLARA, CA – SEPTEMBER 12: Colin Kaepernick #7 and Eric Reid #35 of the San Francisco 49ers kneel in protest during the national anthem prior to playing the Los Angeles Rams in their NFL game at Levi’s Stadium on September 12, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Although the tweet divided opinion, the reaction was mostly one-sided. Many chided Hookstead for trying to bring politics into Tamyra Mensah-Stock’s incredible win, while some claimed LeBron James was in a different category. Neither the NBA legend and two-time Olympic gold medalist, nor the quarterback turned activist have commented on the issue. However, the reaction from the public is hilarious.

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What’s your take on this whole incident? Is Tamyra Mensah-Stock on LeBron James’ level? And if she is, what will the NBA’s most popular name reaction be to this tweet?

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Nathan Fulgado

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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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