Yes Sha’Carri Richardson and Naomi Osaka had doubts about the public support they are getting – it’s gone after the ESPY Awards, where the host Anthony mackie put a spotlight on them.
During his opening monologue, Mackie shot straight at USA Track & Field for hanging Richardson for a positive marijuana test. He joked, “The biggest celebration of the sport is back! We’re here on a rooftop in New York. Dude, we’re so high they wouldn’t let us compete in the Olympics.”
The awards show was held outside in New York’s Seaport neighborhood, and Mackie added, “How do you justify banning Sha’Carri Richardson for smoking weed? The grass is a of– risky drug – you don’t do anything other than want to watch another episode of “Bob’s Burgers”. You’ve never seen Snoop Dogg run anywhere! “
The event was Sha’Carri’s first public appearance since being banned from the Olympics. Ditto for tennis superstar Osaka, who won the award for best female athlete.
But, before even getting the trophy, Mackie called the World Tennis Association for not supporting her after pulling out of Roland Garros and Wimbledon due to her mental health.
“I’m not a tennis executive, I don’t know, but if my sport had one of the most popular and marketable athletes on the planet, you know what I would do? she feels comfortable and respected. But hey, what do I know, right? I’m just Captain America. “
Interestingly, while Sha’Carri is ruled out of the Olympics, Naomi will be there. She plays tennis for Japan … her mother’s home country.
Sadly, the cheers she received at ESPYs won’t be repeated in Tokyo … as all spectators have been banned due to the upsurge in COVID-19 cases in Japan.