Donnell Wallam is an Indigenous athlete who has been praised by Tony Armstrong for her performance on the court.
However, he criticized Gina Rinehart after her company, Hancock Prospecting, pulled out of its $15 million sponsorship deal with the Australian women’s basketball team.
Lang Hancock made the controversial comments about Indigenous Australians during the 1980s.
Wallam was praised for her performance on the court, especially when she came off the bench to score the game-winning goal in Australia’s 55-54 win over England.
Due to the controversy surrounding the sponsorship deal, Wallam broke down in tears after the game.
Armstrong criticized the Australian media for failing to criticize Rinehart’s father and for lauding her philanthropic activities. He also stated that the situation had been the toughest few weeks of his life.
“Us blackfellas are big on truth-telling. So in the spirit of reconciliation, Gina, what do you think about your dad’s comments? We just want to know what you reckon. Send us an email or come join us on the desk.
“Just let us know, Gina. As Australia’s richest person, your words and opinions matter.”
Rinehart has not issued a statement about her father’s controversial statements about Indigenous Australians. However, Armstrong invited her to appear on The Project to discuss the issue.