American sprinter, Sha’Carri Richardson, says she’s attempting to heal from emotional trauma, including alleged homophobia, which she says she suffered during a relationship with a Jamaican athlete.
The 22-year-old confirmed today that she was in a relationship with a Jamaican athlete.
Richardson’s relationship with the unheralded overseas-based Jamaican female hurdler has been well known in track and field circles.
It’s understood the relationship between Richardson and the Jamaican athlete ended in recent weeks.
In a post on her instagram account on Sunday afternoon, Richardson claims her former girlfriend was abusive and stole from her.
It’s unclear what she’s alleging was stolen.
In her latest social media outburst, Richardson wrote – “I was abused and stole from yet protecting her from the judgment of her country and family while they dragged me.”
After her victory in the US Olympic trails last year, Richardson credited her girlfriend for picking her hair colour for the day’s race.
“She said it just spoke to her, the fact that it was just so loud and vibrant,” Richardson told The Washington Post. “That’s who I am. She just wanted me to be able to make a statement — let’s continue to show the world I’m a force to be reckoned with.”
In recent months, Richardson has written on social media that she spent the past year coping with the loss of her biological mother.
Richardson has also admitted to using marijuana to manage the emotional toll of the passing of her mother. She was issued a ban that prevented her from competing in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The American who was touted in the US media as a potential challenger to Jamaica’s dominance in the female sprints, is yet to begin her 2022 track season.
She withdrew from several events including the Kip Keino Classic in Nairobi, Kenya recently.
Before the race, Richardson blasted US drug officials for allegedly not caring about athletes.
There’s no word yet on when Richardson will return to the track.
Her former training partner and controversial American, Justin Gatlin, recently told the podcast ‘I Am Athlete’, that he’s seen Richardson clock 10.3’s in practice.
Gatlin tipped Richardson to break the women’s 100 metre world record.