Appearing on The Jimmy Kimmel Show this week, 11-time Olympic track medal winner Allyson Felix had some positive words for sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson. But Richardson didn’t appear to be having any of it.
Richardson took to Instagram this morning and appeared to admonish Felix for her words of encouragement. She wrote that “Encouraging words on tv are just as real as well nothing at all” and seemed to imply that Felix was being insincere with her support.
It’s been a rough couple of weeks for the former NCAA champion and Olympic hopeful. Between her suspension from sprinting, Olympic exclusion and recent ninth-place finish in her last race, Richardson is having a summer to forget.
But despite being defiant in the face of her critics, going after Allyson Felix may be the last straw for some. Nobody really seems to understand why Richardson is going after Felix, but just about everyone is criticizing her for it:
Now not even Jamaicans hate Allyson Felix. How miserable do you have to be… pic.twitter.com/04KbnfnlRa
— Delonté (@dilemmv) August 25, 2021
Yall see what yall created?! My issue with her is not about her being cocky but the way she continues to disrespect her peers. Allyson Felix is who you taking shots at now?! The person who just made history with the most medals in US TF EVER?! You can't even wear her shoes! https://t.co/BQUyndyXKs
— Holly Golightly (@MsAsh_Renee) August 25, 2021
Allyson Felix has 11 gold medals and sha’carri Richardson who’s won literally nothing yet is treating her like a jv track coach lmao unbelievable https://t.co/rGAbSsBjej
— jw (@iam_johnw2) August 25, 2021
Sha’Carri Richardson is one of the fastest women in the history of the world. The time she ran in Miramar this past April ranks among the fastest in women’s 100-meter dash history.
But it’s going to be hard getting anyone’s support – let alone the support of sponsors or US Track & Field – without the support of peers.
If Sha’Carri Richardson has a good reason to go after Allyson Felix like that, she’d better bring the evidence quickly. Because she’s testing everyone’s patience at this point.
Should Richardson apologize to Allyson Felix?