Sha'Carri Richardson appears to blast Allyson Felix on social media

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By , Audacy Sports

Sha'Carri Richardson looks to have taken exception to seemingly benign comments made about her by fellow US track star Allyson Felix.

Felix, who became the most decorated US track athlete in Olympic history when she captured her 10th and 11th career medals at the Tokyo Games last month, was asked about Richardson's situation during an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Tuesday night.

Felix offered up what appeared to be words of support:

“She’s obviously been through so much,” Felix said. “I hope that she's just supported. I hope that people rally around her. Obviously she has a great personality, and she’s brought a lot of attention to the sport. I think she’ll be in the sport for a very long time.

"I think just more than anything, for all athletes, there’s so much that goes into it. We just, you know, give her the support that she needs.”

But apparently Richardson saw Felix's remarks as something less than supportive, at least based on a post she published on social media on Wednesday.

"Encouraging words on tv shows are just as real as well nothing at all," Richardson said on Instagram Stories.

In a followup post, she said, "Be a good person, but don't waste time proving it."

It seems likely there's more to the story than either athlete fully revealed in their relatively brief remarks.

Richardson, 21, was handed a 30-day ban after testing positive for cannabis shortly before she would have departed for Tokyo, effectively knocking her out of individual events, including the 100m, which she was among the favorites to win. There was a possibility she could have competed in group events, but ultimately she remained stateside.

She later said she had used cannabis to cope during a difficult time, including the death of her biological mother.

Felix meanwhile won a bronze and a gold, marking the seventh gold of her illustrious career, which began in Athens in 2004. She hasn't announced Tokyo will have been her fifth and final Olympics, though at age 35, it seems likely.

Richardson made her return to the track on Saturday at the Prefontaine Classic in Oregon, where she registered a disappointing last-place finish.

She was defiant in defeat, however, boldly egging her critics to "talk all the shit you want" and declaring she's "here to stay" and "not done."

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