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Sha’Carri Richardson Is Handling Her Ridiculous Suspension Better Than Anyone

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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.

Written by Meg Turner

Meg graduated from the University of Central Florida and writes and tweets about anything related to sports. She replies to comments she shouldn't reply to online and thinks the CFP Rankings are absolutely rigged. Follow her on Twitter at @Megnturner_ and Instagram at @Megnturner.

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  1. Truly sad that – weed – is still an issue in ANY arena on the planet.
    Replace alcohol with weed and imagine the world…
    Not saying we need to get rid of alcohol, but everybody knows weed is less dangerous!

    • Agreed. I mean I feel bad for her because mary jane is pretty much legal if not decriminalized in most of the world. That being said, if you know you are going to be drug tested and you know reefer is on the banned substances list, why risk it? How dumb does one have to be to do that? I don’t care about her tweets now nor do I have any sympathy for such stupidity. You should have thought of that before you starting enjoying the ganga, dumb ass.

  2. Yeah rules are rules, no one is saying anything different especially sha’carri, but we can still say it’s a dumb fucking rule. She’s handled herself better than I’ve ever seen any athlete after a failed test. Adults should be able to use recreational drugs if they choose. The whole war on drugs thing has been such a waste of money and has created millions of single parent homes and we know what that leads to, generations of kids without dads. Which then continues the cycle of incarceration. This is supposed to be a free country. It’s way past time to move on from filling up jails with non violent drug offenders.

    • I think you are missing the boat. If an athlete knows she will be tested and weed is on the banned substances list, then don’t smoke weed until after you win your gold medal! It is that simple. While I agree that weed should be legal and decriminalized that doesn’t change the fact it is a banned substance for Olympic hopefuls. The same reasoning applies to your war on drugs take. Weed was illegal so why break the law, I don’t care how dumb the law is its still the law. Like speeding for instance, I love to drive fast, but I know if I drive 90 my risk of getting a reckless driving speeding ticket goes up. Speeding laws are lame, but again its the law. The cycle of incarceration starts in the home. So if the cycle wasn’t begun by initially breaking the law those generations of fathers might still be home with their kids.

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