Sha’Carri Richardson criticizes rival US sprinter Allyson Felix for her ‘real if nothing’ words after offering banned runner her ‘support’ to Jimmy Kimmel
- Sha’Carri Richardson took a subtle shot at fellow sprinter Allyson Felix after Felix’ guest appearance on a late night show
- Felix is an 11-time Olympic medalist and seven-time Olympic champion
- Richardson is an emerging 21-year-old track star who was disqualified from the Olympics after testing positive for marijuana
- Felix was asked about Richardson on TV and she replied by saying, She’s clearly been through so much. I hope people rally around her’
- Just hours after Tuesday’s show aired, Richardson posted a cryptic Instagram post: ‘Encouraging words on TV shows are as real as nothing at all’
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Sha’Carri Richardson called rival runner Allyson Felix a fake after Felix called on people to support Richardson during a TV appearance Tuesday.
Two weeks after winning her final Olympic medal — gold in the 4×400 relay — Felix expressed sympathy for Richardson after being booted for the Games for doing weed.
Speaking to Steven A Smith, who is a guest host on Jimmy Kimmel’s show, Felix said: “She’s clearly been through so much. I hope people gather around her.
“Obviously she has a great personality and she has put a lot of effort into the sport. I think she will be in the sport for a very long time. I think more than anything, there’s so much to it for all athletes – we’re just giving her the support she needs.”
But Richardson wasn’t kind to the endorsement, posting hours later on Instagram: “Encouraging words in TV shows are just as real as nothing at all.”
Wednesday morning, Richardson posted another cryptic message on Instagram: “Be a good person, but don’t waste time proving it.”
It’s unclear if there’s an underlining private feud between the two sprinters, but the post seems to indicate that Richardson didn’t think Felix was sincere in her response.
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Allyson Felix is an 11-time Olympic medalist and seven-time Olympic champion and appeared on Jimmy Kimmel’s late night show
The show was hosted by sports personality Stephen A. Smith (right), who asked Felix about Sha’Carri Richardson
While Felix’s response seemed supportive, Richardson posted this just hours after the interview aired
Richardson is an emerging 21-year-old track star and one of the fastest women in the world
The next morning she followed up on this message
Richardson is an up and coming 21-year-old track star and one of the fastest women in the world.
But she has become a lightning rod of controversy since a positive marijuana test at the US Olympic Trials disqualified her from participating in Tokyo.
She has admitted to the marijuana violation, saying she was “blind in pain” after learning that her birth mother died at the hands of a reporter.
Some have called for the Olympics to ban the weed violation after it became legal in some states in the US.
Richardson recently returned to competition but finished in last place against the 100m Olympic medalists.
Most sprinters have refused to answer questions about Richardson or even laughed at them. But Felix didn’t.
Felix is one of the most decorated American track athletes in Olympic history with her 11 medals, including gold and bronze in Tokyo.