Carl Lewis has subtly been suggesting that for years that he believes the Jamaicans and Bolt have been doping.
So, when Usain Bolt was asked about Lewis, he didn’t pull any punches.
“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.”
Here is just a portion of what Carl Lewis has being saying over the past 4 years. He has been consistently been calling for the Jamaicans to be tested more frequently and wonders how Bolt has been able to increase his times.
Lewis has been consistently critical with his questions about the current state of track and field, as well as the dominance of Jamaicans. Less than one month after Bolt set world records in the 100 and 200 meters in Beijing, the nine-time Olympic gold medalist didn’t hide his suspicions in an interview with London’s Daily Telegraph.
“No one is accusing anyone,” Lewis told the Telegraph. “But don’t live by a different rule and expect the same kind of respect. They [Jamaican track officials] say, ‘Oh, we’ve been great for the sport.’ No, you have not. No country has had that kind of dominance. I’m not saying they’ve done anything for certain. I don’t know. But how dare anybody feel that there shouldn’t be scrutiny, especially in our sport?
“The reality is that if I were running now, and had the performances I had in my past, I would expect [doping critics] to say something. I wouldn’t even be offended at the question. So when people ask me about Bolt, I say he could be the greatest athlete of all-time. But for someone to run 10.03 one year and 9.69 the next, if you don’t question that in a sport that has the reputation it has right now, you’re a fool. Period.”
Honestly, if someone was insinuating that I was cheating and not giving me credit from my accomplishments I wouldn’t have any respect for them either.
So, I have no problem with what Bolt said.