No, I Will Not “Let It Go”

When others try to tell me that “it was so long ago, you really need to let that go” (in good faith & in haughtiness) every time I write about Oiselle the hypocrisy supporting the misrepresentation & cheating ways of Kelly Roberts by paying her, I dare ask:
Should the Team USA gymnastics squad have “let it go”?
How about the #MeToo & #TimesUp movement? Should we “let it go” because it’s been so long?
Maybe you should tell Kara Goucher to let it go with speaking out for her truth. You know, it’s been “so long” since she trained under Salazar. (The incidents she mentions are from 2011, and she waited a decade until 2017 for a Worlds silver medal that was rightfully hers because of a cheat).
There is something very real in society that is lacking, and it’s called taking responsibility for your own actions & holding others accountable for theirs. For some reason many think it’s okay to let Kelly Roberts continually carry on to cheat & disrespect the sport day in & day out.
Trust me, I know far more than you think. And I’m well aware of all of the women the CEO Sally Bergesen has stepped on to make her platform of lies & hypocrisy seem viable. Her statements are misleading. She’s now accused an elite athlete of lacking integrity as she has, with passion, paid a proven cheat. The athlete, an American Record world-class triple jumper in Tori Franklin, was given a “scraped together” bonus but the company somehow found it in themselves to pay Kelly (a 1:42 half marathon on the roads for a non-Paralympic woman under 30 years of age which can universally be agreed to be non-elite) a salary worthy of the term “Pro Athlete”. You cannot claim to support the elites if you don’t pay them, but you paid a proven cheat.
Those women (and men) that have been wronged cannot say anything. They work in the sport. Some compete at the highest levels. They will lose their jobs & their income in what is a very small community. They HAVE to outwardly support the Oiselle HQ that lacks integrity. If you search enough, you’ll find the blogs, the evidence, the signs that someone does want to stand up for what’s right, from professionals & elites to former members like me. There was nothing wrong with myself & others bringing up the fact that Kelly misrepresents herself constantly. There was everything wrong with refusing to allow transparency regarding it & now Sally & Dr. Lesko claim they are being transparent about Tori Franklin (I absolutely was aware that an issue with Tori Franklin was coming, and Oiselle’s disrespect to Tori will be detailed in an upcoming post). Kelly Roberts is nothing but disrespectful & fraudulent in the sport of running & her actions have easily & consistently proven the same up until this very day. What I initially knew after learning about her at the beginning of last year was that she’s simply a victim, always. Somehow, a confirmed cheat deserved payment, whereas an American Record holder did not warrant a salary payment when renegotiations were initiated… Oiselle, your lack of integrity & respect for real elites in sport is showing.
If you do not use your platform to stand up for those who have been wronged, how can you be anything more than a complicit bystander? If you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for everything.
I’ve been dropped from a team but retained my integrity. This isn’t the first time I’ve stood up for what is right. It won’t be the last.
They dropped the wrong bird.
One love. Run love. Xo.

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Aysha is a sometimes writer, full-time cheerleader for #TrackNation who has an affinity for modeling on high-fashion runways in Vogue and formerly coached Olympian Kara Goucher on the art of the selfie in her spare time. Her educational background involves a serious love of science and medicine, with a dual-degree in Cell Biology & Neuroscience/Psychology, and accompanying research in Stem Cell Biology. Founder of #MuslimModelsMatter, #StrongInMyMakeup & an advocate for #RunnersAgainstCheating, Aysha believes that #StrongLooksDifferentOnEveryone & won't hesitate to remind others of this truth. She is based in NJ/NYC and currently coached by Rob DeCarlo. Her most epic run was her first marathon, NYC 2013. But her heart is rooted in racing 5ks, cross country and as a miler on the track, where she happily earned 2 NCCWMA silver medals representing the United States in the 1500m & 800m August of 2017. Current dreams include racing at the Olympic Trials exhibitions one day. Oh, and a BQ/Boston Marathon when she backs off the return to speed. You can tweet her some love and contact her with @ModelAyshaMirza.

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