Kendrick Perkins Takes a shot at Sha’Carri Richardson After Sad Loss, Faces Backlash

Published 08/21/2021, 10:49 PM EDT
Jun 19, 2021; Eugene, OR, USA; Sha’Carri Richardson celebrates after winning the women’s 100m in 10.86 during the US Olympic Team Trials at Hayward Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY


The life of an athlete is full of trials. One moment, everyone sees you as a hero. However, that can change in a matter of seconds. Something similar happened with sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson after her loss.

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On her return, Richardson finished in last at the Nike Prefontaine Classic. Likewise, the internet did not hold back against her after her poor showing. NBA analyst Kendrick Perkins joined in to take a dig at Richardson as well. But it did not garner the response he would have liked.

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Kendrick Perkins not Afraid to Speak his Piece

Sha’Carri could not compete in the Tokyo Olympics after failing a marijuana drug test. On her return race, she lost to Jamaican Elaine Thompson-Herah. Moreover, as she came in last at the event, Twitter went off at her underwhelming performance.

Kendrick Perkins jumped in to speak a few words as well. He highlighted the fact that Sha’Carri Richardson lost to other Jamaicans during the race. His tweet received mixed reactions from the fans, most blasting him for misunderstanding the situation.

Perk has been quite active on Twitter in recent times. He has never been afraid to speak his piece. What’s more, he is extremely confident in his predictions.

Jun 19, 2021; Eugene, OR, USA; Sha’Carri Richardson (right) celebrates with Javianne Oliver after winning the women’s 100m in 10.86 during the US Olympic Team Trials at Hayward Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Recently, he even sparked controversy for saying that Team USA is not the best basketball team anymore. Hence, Perk has been saying quite a bit about any and every issue that comes up.

Sha’Carri Richardson Controversy

Sha’Carri took to smoking marijuana after the passing of her mother before the Olympics. The situation did not favor her, as she would later be banned from competing. At the time, the internet sympathized with the sprinter. However, she sparked controversy during the Olympics itself.

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Jamaica went off in the Olympics. They took home a clean sweep. Richardson even congratulated them on their historic win. However, a day before the clean sweep, she tweeted, “Missing me yet?” Her tweet received tons of backlash as people thought she took away the spotlight from Team Jamaica.

EUGENE, OREGON – JUNE 19: Sha’Carri Richardson celebrates winning the Women’s 100 Meter final on day 2 of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on June 19, 2021 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Later, Richardson addressed her tweet, saying taking away the spotlight was never her intention. After that, she showed confidence in herself, saying that her return will be great. However, things did not turn out as planned for her.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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