Nate Robinson is probably still nursing a headache after catching the fade, taper, and crispy lineup during his boxing match with YouTube personality, Jake Paul. The former NBA star and dunk contest champion is currently catching more jokes and ribbing on Twitter after an already monumental amount of slander has been heaped upon him via the “Nate Nate” trending topic.
At 36 years of age with Paul being 13 years his junior, some still believed Robinson, a former professional athlete, would fare better against his opponent. However, Paul, who has some ring experience, floored Robinson in a knockout that was heard around the world.
For what it’s worth, Robinson said that’s he’s fine after the brutal knockout and had a message for his fans and supporters that he posted on Instagram.
“Thank you everyone for all of the well wishes, I’m OK. I appreciate @triller for the opportunity as well as everyone that has backed me during the fight. To my coaches, trainers, fans, and teammates, I appreciate all of the time and support you guys put in with me…it wasn’t the outcome that we wanted, but I’m thankful for the opportunity to fight on the biggest stage that there has been,” Robinson shared, coupled with an image of him heading to the ring.
In defense of Robinson, anyone brave enough to take on combat sports should be saluted and anyone, despite their skill, can get knocked out. Floyd Mayweather also defended Robinson, calling out Black athletes who mocked him.
“Nate, I’m proud of you and I will always stand behind all my brothers. I will never kick my brother when he’s down. It’s ok for people to voice their opinions on social media, but no black athletes or black entertainers, especially black NBA players should make a mockery out of you,” Mayweather wrote, coupled with a photo of him alongside Robinson.
Despite this, the trending topic Nate Nate is going strong this morning (Nov. 30) and we’ve got those reactions below.
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