Sha'Carri Richardson says 'missing me yet?' as banned athlete taunts Team USA after relay team temporarily disqualified
31st July 2021

SUSPENDED US star sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson kicked up some social media dirt by tweeting on Friday, “Missing me yet?” after the Team USA mixed relay team was momentarily disqualified. 

The taunting tweet followed the American relay team being penalized over a faulty hand-off. 

The issue involved a race official placing one of the runners Lynna Irby in the wrong position, according to the Washington Post.

The team was made up of Irby, Elijah Goodwin, Bryce Deadmon, and Taylor Manson. 

Fellow sprinter Elijah Goodwin had passed the baton to Irby, however, race judges determined her position was too far up the track upon completion of the handoff, and then disqualified the entire team. 

They appealed the decision, saying Irby had been told to stand where she was by a race official, and they were reinstated. 

Her teammates were soon reinstated after an appeal was granted claiming the race official had told Irby where to stand. 

The team ended up winning their heat and will battle for gold on Saturday night’s final. 

Richardson’s tweet was posted before the runners were reinstated. 


The star runner was headed to the Tokyo Games after placing first in the 100m race in the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials last month in Eugene, Oregon. 

But she was left off the official roster while her teammates headed to compete after testing positive for THC, the chemical found in marijuana.

USA Track and Field handed the 21-year-old a one-month suspension which also disqualified her from participating in any individual Olympic events. 

After superstar gymnast and Olympic favorite Simone Biles bowed up from gymnastic events on Wednesday, Richardson seemed to stand in solidarity with the American phenom tweeting above a photo that appears to be Biles with the screed: "Athletes Are Humans First."

“I’ll say it again, I am human,” Richardson responded in her retweet.

Biles admitted that she made the critical decision to protect her mental health.

The phenom let her fans know that she was grateful. 

“The outpouring love & support I’ve received has made me realize I’m more than my accomplishments and gymnastics which I never truly believed before," she wrote in an earlier tweet.

Richardson, who admitted she used marijuana to deal with the grief she was experiencing after learning her mother passed away.

"To hear that information come from a complete stranger, it was definitely triggering, it was nerve shocking because it's just like, 'How are you to tell me that?'"

She then passed along similar graciousness after the one-month suspension.

"The support … my community I thank y’all, the negative forget y’all and enjoy the games because we all know it won’t be the same,” she said. 

She then promised a dominant return and admitted that she’s not perfect.

"I’m sorry, I can’t be y’all Olympic Champ this year but I promise I’ll be your World Champ next year.

"All these perfect people that know how to live life, I'm glad I'm not one of them!"

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