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US Olympic star Lolo Jones has acquired a few new enemies after suggesting that Rihanna is a slut.

The 31-year-old athlete made the controversial comments after news broke that Rihanna's new boyfriend Drake would be hosting the ESPY Awards, which celebrate excellence in US sport, in July.

Jones, who revealed in 2012 that she was still a virgin, expressed her disappointment about the choice by hinting that the rapper would struggle to do a good job because he would be surrounded by Rihanna's ex-boyfriends and rumoured lovers.

Rihanna briefly dated American professional baseball player Matt Kemp in 2009, following her split with Chris Brown, and has also been romantically linked to New York Knicks shooting guard JR Smith. Both men are likely to be at the awards.

Within minutes of Jones's tweet, thousands of the Diamonds singer's fans came to her defence and accused Jones of being jealous and attention-seeking.

The 2014 ESPYs (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly), which is one of the biggest nights in sports, is scheduled to take place on 16 July at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. It will be broadcast live.

Rihanna, who is known for firing back at her critics or rude fans, has not responded to Jones's comments.