Sha'Carri Richardson records removal from plane: 'Tell me if I'll be wrong to pursue legal actions'

Odell Beckham Jr. and Richardson were both ejected from American Airlines flights recently

American track and field star Sha'Carri Richardson is now considering pursuing legal action against American Airlines. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
American track and field star Sha'Carri Richardson is now considering pursuing legal action against American Airlines. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

American track 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 after an exchange with a flight attendant recently.

Richardson posted two videos from the incident to Instagram on Saturday, claiming that a flight attendant she identified as "John" threatened her and a fan who asked for her photo.

"Tell me if I'll be wrong to pursue legal actions against the airline," she wrote.

From Sha'Carri Richardson (carririchardson_) on Instagram.
From Sha'Carri Richardson (carririchardson_) on Instagram.

Richardson wrote on her Instagram story that she ended a phone call at the flight attendant's request. She added that she told him she "didn’t like the tone he used." According to her captions, he continued to look at her phone while presenting attendants with safety protocols and demanded that she show him the phone, which she says she did.

The first video Richardson posted begins as a recording of herself, saying that she was going on vacation. Then, a flight attendant quickly leans into frame and appears to reach in her direction.

"I'm recording me but you jumped in my video, so I caught you, because you jumped in my video," Richardson says to the flight attendant in the video. "You're harassing me at this point, so I think you should stop. I think you should stop."

In a second video, Richardson appears to say that the flight attendant should be reprimanded, when another passenger is heard confronting her because he's going to miss his connecting flight.

"Oh, so you're worried about a connection when a grown man is disrespecting me?" Richardson replied.

"I don't give a s**t," the passenger answered back.

Eventually, other flight attendants can be heard telling Richardson that the captain asked for her removal.

She is heard asking if the captain knows about the flight attendant's behavior and attempting to give her side of events. The crew continued to push for her removal and as she got up to leave a few minutes later, passengers applauded.

American Airlines issued a statement to NBC News, saying "We reaccomodated the customer on a later flight and a member of our team has reached out to learn more."

Deplaning parallels

Beckham commented on both of Richardson's posts, saying "Tell me you [got] kicked off an American Airlines flight for no reason."

"Wait. But I'm the a**hole," he added with plenty of laughing emojis.

Obviously the situation resonated with him. He didn't personally record his incident, but police video footage showed that he also got into exchanges with other passengers and attempted to plea his case to stay on the flight.

When the footage was released, Beckham called addressing the situation "exhausting," writing that "all you can do is know who you truly are."

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That may not be the philosophy Richardson chooses to adopt, but it's unclear how strong her case will be if she does proceed with legal action.