Bolt finds Kellerman ‘disrespectful’

September 05, 2019
Usain Bolt of Jamaica (right) wins gold in the men’s 100m final, for the third time, during the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, August 14, 2016.
Usain Bolt of Jamaica (right) wins gold in the men’s 100m final, for the third time, during the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, August 14, 2016.
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World's fastest man Usain Bolt says he feels disrespected by ESPN analyst Max Kellerman's comments on track and field.

In a debate on ESPN's First Take on Monday, which Kellerman hosts, the topic of "Who is the most electric athlete in history?" came up. Kellerman weighed in, saying he cannot Bolt.

"... For the same reason, it can't be Tiger Woods, it can't be Usain Bolt, it's only a sport by a very broad definition. It really only tests your fast twitches, right?" Kellerman asked. "That's an athletic ability but it's only one specific kind. We don't know his manual dexterity, we don't know his ability to think on the fly, etcetera. Which is why track and field stars are usually failed [American] football and basketball players. The best athletes, because that's where the money is, go to basketball and football, and the others fall down to track and field, because they can't be relied on because their hands aren't good enough or you're not tough enough."

Direct tweet

But after hearing the comments, Bolt made a short but direct tweet on the issue.

"Why ppl always want to disrespect Track and Field Athletes.. smh," Bolt said on Twitter.

Bolt then went on to retweet colleague Wallace Spearmon, who formerly sprinted for the United States.

"Hey man someone go get that lady who makes people run 40yrd dashes ... y'all got me watching this fake news...

"@maxkellerman grow up boss ... we can battle this out whenever you're ready .... I swear the audacity of this man ..."Bolt and Spearmon are not the only track athletes to take umbrage at Kellerman's words as American teenage sprinter Matthew Boling also tweeted, but making fun of the ESPN journalist."Looked this guy up and saw he used to make music. Talk about failure ..."

Bolt is considered widely to be the greatest sprinter of all time, having won eight Olympic gold medals, which includes winning the 100 and 200m sprint double in 2008 in Beijing, China, and then defending both titles at the London Olympics in 2012, then again at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

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