The most accomplished female track and field athlete, American Allyson Felix was full of support for Sha’carri Richardson when she was interviewed on Tuesday on American Jimmy Kimmel’s late night show. But was swiftly replied by Sha’carri in a her ‘Trump like twitter shot’ by flanking down the encouring word from Felix.
Toward the end of that interview which was hosted by Stephen A. Smith, Felix was asked about Sha’Carri Richardson, the sprinter who tested positive for marijuana at the U.S. Olympic Trials and recently returned to competition with a last-place finish against the 100-meter Olympic medalists.
“She’s obviously been through so much,” Felix said, referring to the death of Richardson’s mother, which the younger sprinter has said she suddenly learned about from a reporter. “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 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.”
On her Instagram story this morning, in a post that’s still up, Richardson clearly responded to Felix. “Encouraging words on tv shows are just as real as well nothing at all,” she wrote. She’s not wrong exactly, although Felix was far more supportive than Olympic gold and silver medalists Elaine Thompson-Herah and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who repeatedly refused to comment when asked about Richardson at the Olympics.