Three-time Olympic athlete Lolo Jones has managed to step in it once again. The track star turned bobsledder has never held her tongue on Twitter, but this time she’s earned the ire of one of the most rabid group of stans on the web: Rihanna’s Navy.
After learning that Drake would host this year’s ESPY awards—basically the Oscars of the sports world—Lolo took a moment to question ESPN’s choice to pick the rapper to emcee the festivities by throwing some unnecessary shade at Rihanna.
Jones’ unnecessary and unsisterly jab RihRih isn’t out of the ordinary. While many celebrities have turned over the reigns of their social media platforms to their publicists, Jones seems content to speak her mind, no matter whom she offends. But far too often her sharpest barbs seem reserved for Black women.
Last November, Jones was widely criticized after telling a fan who dressed up as the sprinter for Halloween that she needed “a relaxer,” and during George Zimmerman’s murder trial, Jones compared Rachel Jeantel, Trayvon Martin’s close friend and the last person to speak to him, to Tyler Perry’s “Madea.”
Rachel Jeantel looked so irritated during the cross-examination that I burned it on DVD and I’m going to sell it as Madea goes to court.
— Lolo Jones (@lolojones) June 27, 2013
Rihanna’s fans (and a fair share of Lolo Jones haters) were quick to defend the singer and remind Jones of her epic Olympic disasters.
Too bad Drake won't be handing YOU an award though lol @lolojones
— Rev. Lezzie Jackson (@TheIntriguing1) April 11, 2014
— Sherlock Holmegirl (@MentionMeT) April 11, 2014
I hope Rihanna beat your ass like every other girl at the Olympics ever has @lolojones
— Cee.Courtney.Court (@CeeNCrumpets) April 11, 2014
If they put a finish line at the end of the red carpet at the ESPY's, @lolojones won't enter the building.
— 6th Hokage (@35DBack) April 11, 2014
Several users also pointed out that Rihanna’s only been publicly linked one athlete, baseball player Matt Kemp, while others had some choice words for Jones, calling her a “fail-magnet” and a “no medal winning disappointment.”
Let us all say a prayer for sister Lolo, shall we? After this latest stunt, hopefully she’ll spend more time training for her next event and less time throwing Black women under the bus.