Lolo Jones says hate is due to popularity

Lolo Jones earned a spot on the U.S. Women’s bobsled team. That selection was met with both positive and negative responses from those within the sport as well as those on social media.

“I should have been working harder on gaining Twitter followers than gaining muscle mass,” Emily Azevedo told USA TODAY Sports after hearing that Jones had earned a spot on the team.

“I honestly wish it was Twitter followers that would have got me the spot, because that would mean I was guaranteed for real,” Jones said while laughing at a press conference on Monday.

Jones has 377,499 followers at the time of this article and says that while that is great, some people are using that as fuel for hate towards her.

“I don’t know, just gotten to the point for some reason being popular – at the same token, you’re taught when you do your media stuff to be charming and to answer the questions and be genuine,” she said. “I don’t know how that comes across as being negative (or) how people will try to use that against you. Like, ‘She has too many Twitter followers, so now we hate her.’ But wait, when I had a thousand and you wanted me to be outspoken and show you who I am; I don’t know.”

Elana Meyers and Aja Evans have both defended the selection of Jones to the bobsled team.

Women’s bobsleigh gets underway on February 18 from Sochi.