Sha’Carri Richardson Receives Support During 2021 ESPYS Appearance

“I want to take responsibility for my actions,” she shared. “I know what I did, I know what I’m supposed to do, I know what I’m allowed not to do, and I still made that decision.” The choice, explained by the NCAA champion, came after learning during a mid-interview that her biological mom had passed. Hearing the news from a reporter one week before the Olympic trials sent her into a state of “emotional panic.”

During Anthony’s opening monologue, the actor also shared his support for Naomi Osaka, who chose to briefly step away from tennis to focus on her mental health.

“I don’t know how you punish Naomi Osaka for prioritizing her mental,” he told the star-studded audience. “That’s crazy. I’m no tennis exec, I don’t know. But if my sport had one of the most popular and marketable athletes on the planet, you know what I would do? I would probably make sure she felt comfortable and respected. But hey, what do I know? I’m tripping, right? I’m just Captain America.”