Bobsledders Upset at Lolo Jones After She Complains About Being Underpaid
Lolo Jones is pretty.
If she wasn’t pretty, a lot of the dumb stuff she says and does wouldn’t be overlooked so easily. Her latest prank gone wrong was complaining about the $741 check she got for bobsledding via Vine. This is the same Lolo Jones who said she was just competing for the love of the sport and to win a gold medal.
“Seven months with bobsled season. The whole season. That’s it,” Jones says in the video before adding, “I’m going to be a little late on my rent this month.”
As you can imagine bobsledders who have competed far longer than Jones were upset.
The most accomplished bobsledder in U.S. history called Jones’ comments “a slap in the face.”
Olympic gold medalist Steven Holcomb was in the midst of his second weightlifting session when the topic came up at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid. “It wasn’t taken very well,” Holcomb said. “People were really kind of insulted. You just made $741, more than most athletes in the sport. So what are you complaining about?”
“The way it came across to a lot of the athletes here was kind of snobby because she’s one of the most well-known athletes in the world and she’s making pretty good money in endorsements (as a two-time Olympic hurdler). And to basically turn around and slap us in the face because you didn’t make any money this year in bobsledding while taking money from other’s athletes? She slapped pretty much every athlete in the U.S. federation in the face. That was the general consensus.”
He is exactly correct, but this won’t be the last time Jones puts her foot in her mouth, she is better at that than winning Olympic gold.