“People Put Us in a Box:” Usain Bolt Complains About the Backlash Athletes Receive for Trying Different Career Paths

Published 09/11/2021, 9:10 AM EDT


Many athletes have entered the music industry after their illustrious sporting careers. NBA basketball player Chris Webber released hip-hop tracks and ventured into a new field. Likewise, the legendary sprinter Usain Bolt created an album with his friend and manager Nugent ‘NJ’ Walker recently.

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The album has received excellent reviews and skyrocketed to the top of the iTunes reggae charts. However, Bolt sat down in an interview to speak about the backlash athletes receive from fans while venturing into different career paths.

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Usain Bolt opens up

The legendary sprinter spoke about his life outside athletics and the criticism he faced while entering the music industry. He sat down with grammy.com to discuss different questions related to him.

“People put us in a box. They want us to keep going until we retire. For me, track and field was great for me. That was a chapter of my life. Now I want to move onto another chapter. I never really listen to critiques. I’ve been going through that all my life. It’s a part of it. I’m just going to work hard and dedicate myself to my craft,” said Bolt.

The life choices of athletes are their personal decision and Bolt addressed an often-occurring disrespect of that boundary by fans. After a legendary athletics career where he won eight gold medals in three consecutive Olympic Games, Bolt decided to retire. Entering the music world was one of his long-standing ambitions and he finally achieved his dream with the new album, ‘Country Yutes.’

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Bolt’s album is soaring to the top

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Reggae is a genre that became famous after Bob Marley revolutionized the industry with his revolutionary lyrics and music. Being from the same nation, the former sprinter has named Marley as an inspiration.

Bolt has once again shown his mettle by honing his craft to become a sensational producer now. Songs like ‘Living the Dream’ and ‘It’s a Party’ have made people dance to their tunes.

BEIJING, CHINA – AUGUST 27: Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates after winning gold in the Men’s 200 metres final during day six of the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015 at Beijing National Stadium on August 27, 2015 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Most athletes fade into oblivion after conquering the world with their skills. But, Bolt is hungry for more. He wants to cherish life as it comes as he continues to achieve his dreams!

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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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