Usain Bolt slams Carl Lewis: Usain Bolt, fresh off his historic 200m finals gold medal win, ripped Carl Lewis to shreds saying, “I have no respect for him,” in response to remarks Lewis made about the Jamaican team and doping in track.
Usain Bolt said: ”I’m going to say something controversial. Carl Lewis – I have no respect for him. 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.”
Carl Lewis made some troubling assertions in an interview with the UK Telegraph:
“No one is accusing anyone,” Lewis told the Telegraph. “But don’t live by a different rule and expect the same kind of respect. They [Jamaican track officials] say, ‘Oh, we’ve been great for the sport.’ No, you have not. No country has had that kind of dominance. I’m not saying they’ve done anything for certain. I don’t know. But how dare anybody feel that there shouldn’t be scrutiny, especially in our sport?
“The reality is that if I were running now, and had the performances I had in my past, I would expect [doping critics] to say something. I wouldn’t even be offended at the question. So when people ask me about Bolt, I say he could be the greatest athlete of all time. But for someone to run 10.03 one year and 9.69 the next, if you don’t question that in a sport that has the reputation it has right now, you’re a fool. Period.” Source
Um, let me just school Carl Lewis on track and field in Jamaica — it’s as much ingrained in the culture as reggae music and jerked chicken or pork is. Kids start running at an early age. I am speaking from experience, having spent my formative years in Jamaica. We ran track, whether it’s sprints or even cross-country. We have a long and proud history of sprinters, from Arthur Wint, Herb McKinley, Donald Quarrie, Merlene Ottey to Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Warren Weir and so many. Yeah, and let me also claim Sanya Richards-Ross, who was born in Jamaica but runs for the U.S. Not because some American athletes have history of doping does it mean anybody else who excels does. Marion Jones was a disgrace. Where was Carl Lewis then, when she was breaking all kinds of records, race after race? Don’t recall any Jamaicans serving jail time for lying under oath over doping.