Sha’Carri Richardson Mocks Olympic Legend Allyson Felix Despite Words of Encouragement

Published 08/26/2021, 9:00 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Athletics – Women’s 400m – Medal Ceremony – Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – August 6, 2021. Bronze medallist Allyson Felix of the United States on the podium. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay


It’s been a rough couple of months for Sha’Carri Richardson. She got banned from Tokyo Olympics 2020 because of traces of marijuana. The World Anti-Doping Agency issued a ban on her as they classified it as a performance enhancement drug. After that, the Nike Prefontaine Classic competitions started where she made her comeback. Amidst much fanfare and hype, many fans predicted her to breeze through the 100-meters. However, it did not turn out to be the fairy-tale return many had hoped for. Now, she has got into another controversy with Allyson Felix.

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Felix gave words of encouragement to the talented sprinter but Richardson did not perceive them as such.

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Sha’Carri Richardson mocks Allyson Felix

The sprinter appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel Show to speak about her performances in Tokyo, her new brand of shoe line, and Sha’Carri Richardson. Stephen A. Smith interviewed Felix as she bestowed Richardson with some uplifting words.

“She’s obviously been through so much, and I hope that she’s supported, I hope that people rally around her.”

“Obviously she has a great personality, and she’s brought a lot of attention to the sport. And I think she’ll be in the sport for a very long time. I think just more than anything, for all athletes, there’s so much that goes into it. So just give her the support that she needs,” said Felix.

Those were kind words from the athletics legend. However, Richardson did not like what she saw and mocked Felix for her encouraging words.

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Going through a critical phase?

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Though the athlete’s off-court behavior may be drawing headlines and controversies, there is no doubt about her immense talent.

After all, she created the 6th best time in the history of the 100-meter competitions. But, she needs to get back to her best form to be competitive. The 21-year-old has time on her side to become one of the best athletes in the world.

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Although all her antics are met with equal adulation and criticisms, Sha’Carri is here to stay. Do you think her career is going up or down?

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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