Olympic gold medalist Suni Lee says she has recently been the target of anti-Asian hate… claiming that she was pepper sprayed and racist slurs in Los Angeles.
Lee, 18, detailed the altercation in an interview with Pop sugar came out this week… saying she was waiting for an Uber with her friends – all of Asian origin – after a night out, when a car raced past and shouted phrases like “ching chong” and “go back from where they came from. “
Lee – America’s first Hmong Olympic gold medalist – says one person even sprayed their arm with pepper spray before rushing off.
The “Dancing With the Stars” contestant opened up about the incident – which happened a week before the interview – saying, “I was so angry, but there was nothing I was doing. can do or control because they have bypassed, ”she said at the exit.
The number of hate crimes directed against Asians in America has increased in recent years … with a study from California State University, San Bernardino reporting a 150% increase in 2020.
“I didn’t do anything to them,” Lee added, “and having the reputation it’s so hard because I didn’t want to do anything that could get me in trouble. I just let it go.”
Athlete friends Jeremy lin and Yu chang also spoke recently about the hatred directed at them … with the NBAer claiming he was called “coronavirus” on the field, and the Cleveland Guardians infielder was inundated with racist DMs after a game.