Though disqualified from the Olympic 100-meter race after testing positive for marijuana, Sha’Carri Richardson has handled her situation with incredible grace.
“The support [heart emojis] my community I thank y’all, the negative forget y’all and enjoy the games because we all know it won’t be the same,” she tweeted.
“I’m sorry, I can’t be y’all Olympic Champ this year but I promise I’ll be your World Champ next year,” she tweeted.”
She also said: “All these perfect people that know how to live life, I’m glad I’m not one of them!”
Richardson appeared on Today on Friday, and said: “I want to take responsibility for my actions. I know what I did. I know what I’m supposed to do, [what] I’m allowed not to do and I still made that decision.”
“Sha’Carri Richardson’s situation is incredibly unfortunate and devastating for everyone involved,” USA Track and Field wrote in a statement Friday. “Athlete health and well-being continue to be one of USATF’s most critical priorities and we will work with Sha’Carri to ensure she has ample resources to overcome any mental health challenges now and in the future.”
She told NBC Sports following her win in the 100m that her biological mother had died the week before trials and that loss played a part.
“[I’m] not making an excuse or looking for any empathy in my case, but, however, being in that position in my life, finding out something like that, something that I would say is probably one of the biggest things that have impacted me … that definitely was a very heavy topic on me,” she said.
She added that her biological mother’s death was “triggering” and the news sent her into “a state of emotional panic.”
In the closing of her interview and in sentiments posted on Twitter, Richardson said, “Don’t judge me because I am human. I’m you, I just happen to run a little faster.”
Richardson could still be allowed to compete on the U.S. relay team, TODAY reports. No decision has been made yet.