Destinee Hooker Update

Destinee Hooker
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Destinee Hooker

Destinee Hooker returned to competition in the spring four months after giving birth to her first child, daughter Keitany. Signed by Puerto Rico’s Criollas de Caguas, Hooker played in only four games before she was released due to what the management saw as poor performance. She was recovering from an ankle injury.

The 6'4" powerhouse hitter responded to her release on Twitter saying, “Good bye Puerto Rico. I’m not sad about my release. Just more eager to get back into shape and kick butt with the USA team this summer. I’m upset that the owner said he understood that I had a baby 4 months ago but then said he is not happy with my performance. Like I said coming back from having a baby isn’t easy. Thank you Mr. Ramos for motivating me to come back stronger and harder. Good luck Caguas.”

On a more positive note for the player named Best Spiker at the London Olympics, Hooker launched her clothing company Tankquet by Destinee on March 29. Featuring motivational sayings (like “Stand Tall” printed on a giraffe silhouette and “Remember why you started”) and an infinity-sign logo, the line includes American Apparel clothing and accessories for both men and women printed with Hooker’s original designs. The items are modeled by Hooker, her husband Steven Coulter, and former Nebraska player Kelsey Robinson, among others.

>> See Destinee Hooker’s clothing line at tankquetbydestinee.com.

Originally published in July 2014

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