Rihanna Shades Tokyo Olympics With Funny Response to Sha’Carri Richardson’s Photo

by Jonathan Howard

Ever since Olympic hopeful Sha’Carri Richardson tested positive for THC, support and encouragement have come from all over. Most recently, Rihanna decided to pop into Richardson’s Instagram comments and take a little shot at the Olympics. For those who remember, Richardson took the gold at the U.S. Olympic Trials in the women’s 100m. After a positive drug test for THC, a banned substance in track and field, Richardson’s Olympic dreams were dashed aside.

While the sprinter accepted her punishment, the rest of the world weighed in on the ethics of testing for THC in the year 2021. However, the rules would be followed and Richardson not give a spot on Team USA for the Tokyo Olympics, not even the relay team which she would be cleared to compete for after her ban. Instead, Richardson will wait to compete again until the 2021 Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, OR. Richardson will race the 100m and 200m at that meet.

The loss of Richardson from Team USA is not a small one. She ran the 6th fastest 100m of All-Time and was going to battle with Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce for the gold medal in Tokyo. However, those Olympic hopes have been put on pause until 2024, at least. If Richardson shows up to the Pre Classic and is able to take down some Olympians in the process, the Olympic revenge tour will be in full effect.

Rihanna Cracks Joke About Olympics in IG Comments

With the backlash that Team USA faced from leaving Richardson off the Olympic relay team, there are plenty of wisecracks and jokes in support of the former NCAA Champion. The Instagram post featured Richardson in a black dress with a silver overlay on the whole thing. A backless piece paired with her trademark colorful, long hair, lashes, and nails. Richardson also wore a choker with large chain links.

However, Rihanna, badgalriri on IG, decided to focus on something other than the outfit. In what looks like Richardson’s hotel room is a nice big, comfortable-looking bed. The “Umbrella” artist commented, “yassss for the non cardboard bed,” followed by a flex emoji and heart emoji. The comments reference the small beds that are designed to prevent…ahem…certain activities among athletes at the Olympics. The idea is to keep the spread of COVID-19 under control by limiting those extra activities.

For Richardson, she gets to sleep in a regular bed made for regular sleeping when she wants. Just one positive outlook on not being in Tokyo for the Olympic games from Rihanna. Richardson has over 2 million followers on Instagram and received even more comments from other famous friends. Sasha Banks of the WWE responded with two fire emojis under the pictures. Bobby Berk of Queer Eye chimed in with a “Gorgeous” and a couple of emojis.

Track fans are excited to see Richardson compete again. Her absence will be noticeable and talked about during the Olympic games. That meet in Eugene is August 20 and will be quite the show featuring many Olympians and other elite athletes. There is no telling what Sha’Carri Richardson will have in store.