American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson, a 100-meter gold prospect at the Tokyo Olympics, was suspended by the United States Anti-Doping Association for testing positive for marijuana at the Olympic trials in June. Richardson apologized on Friday morning in an interview with NBC’s “Today” show.
“We all have our different struggles, we all have our different things to deal with, but to put on a face and have to come out in front of the world and put on a face and hide my pain,” Richardson said of using it. of marijuana as a coping mechanism after the death of his birth mother. ” Who are you ? Who am I to tell you how to cope when you are facing a pain or a struggle that you have never experienced before or that you never thought you would have to face. Who am I to tell you how to cope? Who am I to tell you that you are wrong to hurt?
I am human
– Sha’Carri Richardson (@itskerrii) July 1, 2021
After the suspension, which will likely cost Richardson any chance to compete in the Tokyo Olympics, many professional athletes have come to his defense.
In a world where people literally earn millions and millions by farming and selling! Have you ever heard of a fine? https://t.co/F3nfvJxVES
– DWade (@DwyaneWade) July 2, 2021
It’s so garbage … let it run! https://t.co/tFY8omt215
– Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) July 2, 2021
Their disbelief and anger comes as there is widespread legalization of marijuana use in the United States; it’s either fully legal or licensed for medical purposes in 45 states. Player support comes as their leagues have adapted or relaxed the drug testing rules for marijuana.
In ESPN, reporter Emily Kaplan full breakdown of league policies, he showed that in April 2020, when the NFL announced its new collective agreement, it stipulated that players could not be punished for using only marijuana. Major League Baseball has tested marijuana only for “reasonable cause” to do so. The NBA has the toughest penalties for using marijuana, including increasing fines and suspensions. The league, however, does not test during the offseason and did not test last year during the league’s pandemic break. In an interview with Yahoo Sports in 2019, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said, “Some guys smoke weed the same way a guy would have a drink. A little bit or I just want to relax . No problem. No problem. And I think that’s why it’s been legalized in many states. And from that point of view, if that was the only problem, maybe we’re in. delay in our program. “
On Friday night, the #LetShaCarriRun movement started trending on Twitter.
A 30-day backdated ban could allow Richardson to compete in the 4×100-meter relay race at the August 6 Olympics.
“If I am allowed to receive this blessing [to compete in Tokyo] so I’m grateful for that, “Richardson said on Friday.” But if not, for now, I’m just going to focus on myself. “