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Sha’Carri Richardson Slams ESPN Over ESPY’s Snub

July 17, 2023 | By Kali Girl

Sha’Carri Richardson, the track and field superstar, expressed her disappointment on Twitter for not receiving an invitation to the 2023 ESPY Awards held in Los Angeles on July 12, reports Black Enterprise.

She mentioned being invited in the past when things were not going well.

“The ESPYS invited me when my life was in shambles as if I was a charity case,” Richardson wrote. “The disrespect that track & field receives in the USA alone is nasty. Half of the athletes there now could not do what we do on our WORST day.”

Fans showed unwavering support for her sentiments, leaving comments on her timeline such as, “Talk yo TRUTH fam.” Another fan wrote, “For what it’s worth, I agree and respect and love your preservance [sic ]and talent.”

Richardson added: “The NBA, NFL have organizations to HELP their athletes, not exploit them,” Richardson wrote. “Y’all have no idea how many track athletes that don’t even have a base salary, there are some athletes that literally sign contracts for CLOTHES!”

This comes shortly after her victory at the U.S. Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon on July 6, where she won her first national title. Richardson, a former athlete at Louisiana State University, made waves earlier this year with her impressive 10.57-second run at the Miramar Invitational, marking the fourth-fastest time in women’s 100-meter sprint history.

Although Richardson maintained a relatively low profile, she gained attention in 2021 when she was suspended from competing in the Tokyo Olympic Games due to testing positive for marijuana.

This penalty sparked criticism from cannabis advocates and other influential figures in the hip-hop industry.

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