Everyone is supporting Sha’Carri Richardson.
The U.S. Olympic sprinter has been in the spotlight this week after testing positive for marijuana a month before the Tokyo Games. While Richardson’s suspension won’t allow her to run the 100 meters in the Olympics, there’s an outside chance she will be able to run in the 4×100 relay.
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Richardson admitted to turning to marijuana to cope with the death of her biological mother, news of which was broken to her by a reporter she called a “total stranger.” The drug was legal in Oregon, where she was at the time of ingestion.
On Friday, athletes from across the U.S. voiced their support for Richardson, helping to lift her spirits while also offering their thoughts on the suspension.
I completely agree. I feel for @itskerrii. We need to look at what athletes are being given to deal with the mental and physical demands of their sport. If Xanax and opioids are legal, then marijuana should be too. https://t.co/hnRBSwJT4X
— Sydney Leroux (@sydneyleroux) July 2, 2021
WTF Is this? @itskerrii you don’t owe nobody a damn apology..the lady sitting across from you probably hit the blunt the day before..fire whoever thought this was a good idea.. weed is not a PED…we go through shit and weed is a way to cope..the masses smoke weed.. quit playing https://t.co/cqURgcJZHa
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) July 2, 2021