American runner It drew a lot of criticism from NBA players and fans last month for a comment he made afterwards He won his third world championship In the men’s 200m
Now Lyles is giving a little of that back to the basketball community after Team USA’s heartbreaking loss.
Lyles Retweeted a post (and later no tweets) who combined that game’s final score with a mash-up meme of himself playing his famous voice with a look of disbelief on his face: “World champion what?”
Many others posted similar memes in support of Lyles and/or to poke fun at an American team that was a gold medal favorite.
The quote was part of Lyles’ response to a question about the state of athletics. He spoke at length about his frustration at not being noticed by some of the sport’s stars even after proving himself against the world’s best competition.
“You know what bothers me the most is I have to watch the NBA Finals and they have ‘World Champions’ on their heads,” said Lyles, who also won gold in the men’s 100 and 4 by 100. . From what? United States? Don’t get me wrong I love the US – sometimes – but this is not the world. This is not the world. We are the world. We have almost every country fighting here, flourishing, wearing their flag to show that they are represented. There are no flags in the NBA. We need to work more, we need to be introduced to the world.”
Numerous NBA stars – incl Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard, Draymond Green, Bam Adebayo, Devin Booker, Aaron Gordon, Tyus JonesJuan Toscano-Anderson and Udonis Haslam — took to social media to express their displeasure with Lyles’ comments, pointing out that the NBA has the best talent in the world and that the U.S. won the 2020 Olympic gold.
The German team has four NBA players (Dennis Schroeder From Toronto Raptors, Daniel Theis From Indiana Pacers and Franz and Moritz Wagner From Orlando Magic). The United States has twelve NBA players on its roster. After Friday’s result, the team with fewer NBA players still has a chance to win the world championship.
This story appeared first Los Angeles Times.