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Sha’Carri, Jamaicans get into another Twitter spat

Gavin Riley

Gavin Riley / Our Today

Athletics – Ostrava Golden Spike – Municipal Stadium, Ostrava, Czech Republic – May 19, 2021 Sha’Carri Richardson of the U.S. celebrates after winning the 200m Women (Photo: REUTERS/David W Cerny/File)

Sha’Carri Richardson is yet to get her 2022 season underway but, still, the American athlete unintentionally baited Jamaicans on Twitter into another war of words on Tuesday (January 18).

Richardson began by asking her close to 520,000 Twitter followers what makes them like athletes outside of the entertainment value sportsmen and women bring.

Like clockwork, however, the Jamaicans went into her mentions to conceitedly argue that for them, what matters most is living up to expectations and winning when it counts.

(Photo: Twitter @itskerrii)

Many Jamaican users were quick to remind the 21-year-old that she was ninth in her first major event last August, the Nike Prefontaine Classic, where she finished last behind Elaine Thomspon-Herah, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson in Eugene, Oregon.

Taking the jabs with a grain of salt, Richardson asked the Jamaican Twitterati collectively if they benefitted in any tangible way from the race, adding that her ‘unfortunate placing’ would never happen again.

“Y’all that keep saying I came last MONTHS AGO & y’all won’t see that again but has your life changed since? Same place right?” she queried, to which retorts about her sobriety were made.

As more and more Jamaicans chimed in, many claimed they “forgot about her” but, as soon as she tweets, the replies are plenty.

Americans were also quick to her defence, wondering why citizens from the island nation were “so bitter” towards Sha’Carri.

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Jamaicans can be unforgiving people; with the latest barbs between local Twitter users and Richardson adding to an ever-lengthening line of animosity.

Much of the bad-blood is, however, Richardson’s doing as she had previously liked tweets suggesting Fraser-Pryce ‘looked like Lil Wayne’ and that Jamaicans were ‘poor, coconut crusaders’ after her disastrous Prefontaine clash.

The sixth-fastest woman also did herself no favours by eliciting backlash for a ‘sneak diss’ at decorated Olympian Allyson Felix.



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