This certainly won’t go over well. But I can’t say that I’m upset with Bolt for feeling this way.
The reigning 100 and 200-meter Olympic gold medalist blasted Lewis in his press conference Thursday, ripping the former U.S. champion for remarks he has made in the past about the Jamaican team and doping in track.
“I’m going to say something controversial. Carl Lewis – I have no respect for him,” Bolt said. “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.”
Asked why he had such a negative opinion of Lewis, Bolt cited past remarks from the five-time U.S. Olympian.
“All the drug stuff,”Bolt said. “For an athlete to be out of the sport and to be saying that is really upsetting.”
Earlier in the same press conference, a U.S. reporter began to ask Bolt a doping question about the Jamaican track team and erroneously referred to it as “the Jamaican drug team.” The reporter then quickly corrected himself and asked if the public could believe the Jamaicans were a clean team.
“Without a doubt,” Bolt said, gesturing to his teammates Yohan Blake and Warren Weir, who captured silver and bronze in Thursday’s 200 meters. “These guys train hard.”