Sha’carri Richardson rose to fame earlier this summer when she qualified for the Olympics on the same track in Oregon.
Richardson’s star power was short lived – pretty soon after she was penalized when traces of cannabis were found on her blood test. This lead to her being banned from the Olympic games.
The runner, 21, had opened up at the time about going through a hard time with the passing of her mother.
Retired Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt recently suggested to the Post:
“I would tell Sha’Carri to train harder and to be focused and not say too much … If you talk that big talk you have to back it up.
“So just train hard and focus on that and try to come back do it and then talk about it.”
This came after Richardson finished last in her return to the track last month after the ban. She finished last in the 100-meter dash, which was won by Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah, who also took the 100-meter Olympic gold in Tokyo.
In advance of the race, Richardson used a 2017 Nicki Minaj meme that went viral on TikTok, saying, “I took some time off to rest and now it’s game time, b-tches. You have no idea!”
Bolt was not impressed and neither were other Jamaican athletes if he’s to be believed:
“Jamaicans were vexed because she was talking a lot of s–t before the actual race, it is just one of those things,” he said. “Jamaicans don’t like when people talk s–t about us because we are a very proud people. So if you talk about us we are gonna want you to back it up. It definitely gave those women the extra push [to win.]”
Sca’carri responded by reposting some of media headlines of her along with this: