Jayson Tatum claps back at Charlie Kirk for saying, ‘We are raising a generation of weak people like Simone Biles’

Robert Marvi
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Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

A big news story to come out of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan is American gymnast Simone Biles withdrawing from competition due to mental health concerns.

When Charlie Kirk, conservative activist and founder of Turning Point USA, cited her as an example of what he sees as a “generation of weak people,” Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum clapped back.

Biles is considered by most to be the greatest gymnast of all time. As a result, she has amassed more World medals and World gold medals than anyone else in her sport.

Her withdrawal comes on the heels of tennis player Naomi Osaka withdrawing from the French Open for similar reasons.

The topic of mental health has recently been brought to light throughout the NBA. Players such as the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love have been forthright about their struggles with such issues.

Tatum had a strong season for the Celtics, although it was not an easy campaign. Several months ago, he came down with a case of COVID-19, and he admitted that it continued to affect him for many weeks afterward.

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Robert is a native of Santa Monica, Calif. and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been an avid NBA and NFL fan since he was a little kid in the mid-'90s, and he has always loved soaking up knowledge about both leagues and their respective histories. He feels strongly that sports aren't just entertainment, but also a means for learning life lessons.