Sha’Carri Richardson Takes Unnecessary Shot At Allyson Felix

Sha’Carri Richardson appears to be performing for headlines now.

For months, the track and field athlete has teetered between sympathetic character and off-putting personality. When the Olympics banned her for a positive marijuana test earlier this summer, Richardson received grace from the nation. However, since that news first thrust Richardson into the spotlight, her public character has been anything but tasteful.

On Tuesday night’s episode of The Jimmy Kimmel Show, hosted by ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, Olympian Allyson Felix joined the program, and Smith asked her about the Richardson controversy — one of the first major storylines to come out of the Tokyo Olympics. Felix smiled and gave an encouraging message to Richardson, supporting the struggling athlete and expressing confidence that Sha’Carri has a long career ahead of her in the sport.

“She’s obviously been through so much. I hope that she’s just 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. 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 — we just, you know, give her the support that she needs.”


Felix’s graciousness was on full display throughout the response, as she wished Richardson the best — which makes Sha’Carri’s response on Wednesday a bit of a head-scratcher.

Richardson posted stories on Instagram that were a not-so-subtle dig at Felix. In them, Richardson accuses Felix of insincerity with a post that reads, “Encouraging words on TV shows are just as real as well nothing at all.”


Sha’Carri Richardson willingly took a shot at Felix and ignored the impact that the 11-time Olympic medalist has had on women’s track and field over the years.

Richardson’s new claim to fame now seems to be creating theater off the track whenever her personal performances are subpar. From sympathetic character to comeback kid to cocky competitor, Sha’Carri Richardson is finding ways to fall out of national favor, all in pursuit of publicity.

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Written by Alejandro Avila


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  1. If you can’t be smart enough to know when you need to quit smoking weed before the Olympic trails. That’s a you problem. Actions have consequences. All this was prevent her from getting “smoked” by the Jamaican sprinters.

  2. More often than not you can get a read on a person simply by how they present themselves to the world (i.e. you can typically judge a book by its cover). You can tell by the 3″ long eyelashes and a Josh Gordon-esque suspension that this chick probably has low intellect and lack of class. The unfolding of events to date are par for the expectations I had.

  3. Also, a not surprising at all her grammar is shit too. I had to read that line several times to figure out what the fuck she was even trying to say haha..

    “Encouraging words on TV shows are just as real as, well, nothing at all.”

    Commas for the win. Sha’Carri for the L.

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