Usain Bolt isn’t just celebrating and boasting after becoming the first man to win the 200-meter race in two Olympics. He’s also lashing out.
The Jamaican sprinter ripped former American track and field star Carl Lewis, who won 10 Olympic medals including nine golds spread over four Olympiads. Lewis has expressed several doubts about Bolt and the other Jamaican runners over the past few years, and Bolt felt the need to address matters.
“I’m going to say something controversial. Carl Lewis – I have no respect for him,” Bolt said in his post-race press conference, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson. “The things he says about the track athletes are very downgrading. I think he’s just looking for attention because nobody really talks about him. I’ve lost all respect for him. All respect.”
Bolt explained why he has a negative opinion of Lewis.
“All the drug stuff,”Bolt said. “For an athlete to be out of the sport and to be saying that is really upsetting.”
The “drug stuff” refers to comments Lewis made to Sports Illustrated in 2008. Here’s what he said (via the Telegraph):