Olympic gold medalist Suni Lee says she was pepper-sprayed on the arm during a racist attack while out with friends in Los Angeles.
Lee revealed in an interview with the website Pop Sugar that she was recently pepper sprayed by a passenger in a speeding car.
Lee told PopSugar she and her friends, who are all of Asian descent, were waiting for an Uber after returning from the Olympics in Tokyo when a car sped by shouting racial taunts. Lee said one of the passengers in the car pepper sprayed her arm as it passed.
Lee told PopSugar “I was so mad, but there was nothing I could do or control because they skirted off. ”She said “I didn’t do anything to them, and having the reputation, it’s so hard because I didn’t want to do anything that could get me into trouble. I just let it happen.”
Though in Los Angeles Lee didn’t say the exact location the incident happened. She told CNN it happened recently in October,
Lee, a Hmong American from Minnesota is currently in Los Angeles competing in the latest season of “Dancing with the Stars.”
She was the 2020 all-around champion at the Tokyo Olympics and won bronze in uneven bars.