American track and field star Sha’Carri Richardson was recently removed from an American Airlines flight after an exchange with a flight attendant. If the situation sounds familiar, it’s because free agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was also removed from an American Airlines flight following an exchange with a flight attendant recently.
Richardson posted two videos of the incident on Instagram on Saturday, claiming that a flight attendant she identified as “John” threatened her and a fan who asked for a photo.
“Tell me if I am wrong to take legal action against the airline,” he wrote.
Richardson wrote on his Instagram story that he ended a phone call at the request of the flight attendant. She added that she told him that she “didn’t like the tone that she used.” According to her captions, he continued to look at her phone as she introduced attendees to security protocols and demanded that she show him the phone, which she did.
He posted two videos on his official Instagram of the situation. The first video begins as a recording of herself, saying that she was going on vacation. Then a stewardess quickly leans into the frame and appears to stretch in her direction.
“I’m recording myself, but you jumped on my video, so I caught you because you jumped on my video,” Richardson tells the flight attendant in the video. “You’re harassing me right now, so I think you should stop. I think you should stop.”
In a second video, Richardson appears to be saying the flight attendant needs to be reprimanded, when another passenger is heard confronting her about missing her connecting flight.
“Oh, so you’re worried about a connection when a grown man is disrespecting me?” Richardson responded.
“I don’t give a damn,” the passenger replied.
Eventually, other flight attendants can be heard telling Richardson that the captain called for his retirement.
She is heard asking if the captain knows about the flight attendant’s behavior and trying to give her version of events. The crew kept pushing to get her out and when she got up to leave a few minutes later, the passengers cheered.
Beckham commented on Richardson’s two posts, saying “Tell me what [got] started an American Airlines flight for no reason.”
“Wait. But I’m the idiot,” he added with lots of laughing emojis.
Obviously the situation resonated with him. He did not personally record the incident himself, but police video footage showed that he also exchanged messages with other passengers and tried to make his case for him to stay on the flight.
When the video was posted, Beckham called addressing the situation “exhausting” and wrote that “all you can do is know who you really are.”
That may not be the philosophy Richardson chooses to adopt, but it’s unclear how strong his case will be if he pursues legal action.