Usain Bolt Says He Has “Lost All Respect” For Olympic Great Carl Lewis
Before Usain Bolt there was Carl Lewis, but Usain Bolt says he has no respect for the “attention seeking” American. According to Bolt, Lewis’ recent comments on doping were meant to draw attention, and that caused Bolt to lose respect for Lewis.
The Jamaican sprinter was referencing Lewis’ comments, which he believes were meant to question whether Bolt is a clean competitor.
While Lewis did not make a direct accusation, the former 100 and 200 Olympic champion has previously said that the Jamaican drug testing procedures might need to be tightened.
“I want to say that I have no respect for Carl Lewis. It is looking for attention, for an athlete out of the sport to be saying things is really upsetting,” said Bolt. “He was talking about doping and for me he was just looking for attention.”
Bolt continued, ”That was really sad for me when I heard the other day what he was saying. It was upsetting. I’ve lost all respect for him. All respect.”
When asked to be more specific about what Lewis has said, specifically, to cause him to lose respect, Bold said, “It was all about drugs. Talking about drugs. For me, an athlete out of the sport to be saying that. That was really upsetting for me. Really upsetting.”
Following Bolt’s performance in Beijing, Lewis told Sports Illustrated: “Countries like Jamaica do not have a random program, so they can go months without being tested. I’m not saying anyone is on anything, but everyone needs to be on a level playing field.”
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