Nicki Minaj took some time to congratulate the Jamaican female sprinters, who dominated the 2021 Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon.
Elaine Thompson-Herah came in first in the hundred-meter, with a lightning-fast time of 10.54 seconds. Fellow Jamaicans Shelly-Ann Frazier-Pryce (10.73), and Shericka Jackson (10.5) landed in third place.
Sha’Carri Richardson, who ran her first competitive race since being booted from the Tokyo Olympics for testing positive for marijuana, finished last.
Sha’Carri ran an abysmal 11.14, prompting a bit of shade from Nicki on her Instagram account.
In one post Nicki wrote “Yasssss Goodie!!!!!,” And a follow-up post featured nothing but the broom emoji.
Sha’Carri and Nicki have had back and forths in the past. In old tweets, Sha’Carri claimed Nicki was annoying in her role as “Draya” in “Barbershop 3.”
The loss seemed to have rankled Sha’Carri, who gave a rather bitter post-race interview with NBC.
“This is one race, I’m not done. You know what I’m capable of. Count me out if you want to,” Richardson snapped. “Talk all the s### you want. Because I’m here to stay. I’m not done. I’m the sixth fastest woman in this game ever and can’t nobody ever take that from me.”
Social media had a field day with the loss, as the words “DEAD LAST” and #ShaCant trended, along with comments clowning Richardson for her on sportsmanlike comments from the American sprinter after her loss.
To be fair, Sha’Carri did apologize for swearing in the heat of passion.
“After the race, I was in the heat of passion and I apologize for my language, but I’m a warrior. My passion will always come out for my love for what it is that I put my blood sweat tears and sacrifice into,” Sha’Carri Richardson added. “This last month, I’ll say journey for me, and but that’s no excuse because at the end of the day I’m an athlete. Today was one day, but it’s not every day, it’s not the end of the world and like I say if you choose to count me out, jokes on you.”