Track and field star Sha’Carri Richardson, 21, has been a topic of discussion since winning gold medal in the women’s 100-meter dash at the Oregon Olympic trials with a time of 10.86. Richardson’s historical win secured her a spot at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, along with the title as the fastest woman in America as we previously reported.
On Friday (July 2), the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced that Richardson will be suspended for one month from the Olympic team after testing positive for THC. Richardson reveals that her use of marijuana stemmed from grief of losing her mother.
“I just want to take responsibility for my actions, I know what I did, I know what I'm supposed to do, I'm allowed not to do and I still made that decision. I'm not making an excuse or looking for any empathy in my case."
Though Richardson took responsibility for her actions as reports circulated, she is now facing criticism for alleged homophobic Tweets that recently resurfaced. Screenshot photos of Richardson’s tweets made in 2015 have gone viral. It reads, “If you a ni**a & you wear PINK ..die (Straight Face Emoji) in a pit because you gay asf”.
Many Twitter users shared their disdain of the Tweet given that she is a part of the community herself, as for she shared in a tweet response “My family know im bi” in August 2015.
The screenshot of Richardson’s "homophobic" tweet currently can not be confirmed or found for legitimacy. Many allege she has since deleted the tweet from her feed.
However, a previous tweet from her shows that responded to the question, “Is it gay for a man to wear Pink”Another tweet which can be confirmed is of Sha’Carri speaking on Lil Nas X.
“If your support Lil Nas X, you can unfollow me.”
Twitter users responded that she is being homophobic, while others are unsure of what she actually meant, stating that her tweet at the time could’ve been in response of Lil Nas X’s criticism for releasing satanic shoes or that she simply doesn’t support his music.
Nevertheless, Richardson is facing wide backlash for her previous tweets, causing many to question their support.
Due to the divided opinions, Gaye Magazine has taken the liberty of documenting all of Sha’Carri Richardson’s past tweets with “gay” as a keyword, and tweets that refer to the LGBT community. Gayes, check them out below and share your thoughts.