“Because I’m fast,” said Bolt, the two-time defending Olympic gold medalist in both the 100 and 200 meters. “They can’t catch me.”
Alexander framed that last question — “Why are the mosquitoes intimidated by Usain Bolt?” — by saying that Bolt’s teammates had told him that the mosquitoes usually stay away from him, so he kind of lobbed it right into Bolt’s sweet spot. Nevertheless, people were mad on Twitter.
Yes, Zika is a serious matter that could have a profound negative effect on the Rio Games, but it’s not like Bolt was expressing disregard for anyone who actually has contracted the Zika virus. He’s just a fast, brash man saying he’s a fast, brash man. Sheesh.