On Saturday, January 21, former U.S. 100-meter champion Sha’Carri Richardson was removed from an American Airlines flight following an argument with a flight attendant.

Richardson posted a series of videos and stories on Instagram documenting the incident.

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Richardson said that a male flight attendant asked her to get off of a phone call and put her phone in airplane mode. After she obeyed his instructions, she said the attendant then put his hands near her face and acted unprofessionally.

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Before she was removed from the plane, another passenger came up to her and complained that she caused him to miss his connecting flight.

“Oh, so you’re worried about a connection while a grown man is disrespecting me?" she said in response.

In a statement given to NBC News, American Airlines said, “We reaccommodated the customer on a later flight and a member of our team has reached out to learn more.”

“I would like to say to my fans and my family and my sponsorship, to the haters, too, I apologize,” Richardson said in an Instagram story. “As much as I’m disappointed, I know that when I step on that track, I don’t represent myself, I represent a community that has shown me great support, great love.

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