Fred Kerley clears the air on alleged beef with Noah Lyles after World Indoor snub

Fred Kerley clears the air on alleged beef with Noah Lyles after World Indoor snub

Abigael Wafula 16:37 - 06.06.2024

Fred Kerley has explained what annoyed him during the World Indoor Championships in the men's 4x400m relay and addressed his beef with triple World Champion Noah Lyles.

Former world 100m champion Fred Kerley has insisted that there is no bad blood between him and triple world champion Noah Lyles following the online rants earlier this year after the World Indoor Championships in Glasgow, Scotland.

Kerley complained about not being included in the 4x400m relay team and slammed USTAF for playing the favouritism game but many believed he was attacking Lyles. In the tweet, Kerley said: “@usatf y’all play that favouritism like mf. Y’all like puppets. For sure yes man.”

The relay team ended up bagging a silver medal in the hotly-contested race and after the event, Lyles responded to Kerley saying: “I mean, he could be here, but he isn’t. So be mad at that. Come on out here.”

However, Kerley has set the record straight, insisting that he was not attacking Lyles but the organisers who denied him a chance to compete in the relay, claiming that he was not in the right shape.

The American added that he found the decision disrespectful and he had to come out and air out his opinion, something he is unapologetic about.

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“If you disrespect me, I’ll disrespect you…I’m in a good place now. It doesn’t matter who was on the relay and it didn’t bother me who was on that list. However, that’s what I was told. They told me I had to be in shape…that’s something disrespectful and you are telling somebody that has been faster than half of the USA in the last couple of years," Kerley said.

“You disrespect me and so, I’m actually coming for your head. Anybody can be on the relay but you told me I had to be in shape. It doesn’t matter about the indoor or outdoor 4x400m relay like I personally reached out to be in the team.

“And then you were like I had to be in shape and I had run like 44.00 earlier in the season and you are telling me that I have to be in shape, you know what it is. I felt disrespected and I wasn’t going after anybody in the team."