Sha’Carri Richardson has stable assist in among the world’s prime athletes and celebrities.
After she was hit with a one-month suspension from Team USA over a positive marijuana test that might preserve her from competing in particular person occasions within the Tokyo Games, athletes together with Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. spoke out in opposition to the punishment.
“This is so trash man… just let her run!,” Mahomes tweeted Friday.
Cavaliers massive man Kevin Love, who was named to the 12-man roster competing in Tokyo, expressed his frustration on Twitter, writing, “This sh-t makes me sick and is wrong on so many levels.”
Following information of her optimistic check, Richardson tweeted Thursday, “I am human” — to which Beckham Jr. replied, “This is bull Shxt…… tbh.”
Blazers level guard Damian Lillard adopted swimsuit and known as the state of affairs “bulls–t” in a separate tweet.
“Oh, so Sha’Carri Richardson reached the level of fame where it’s ‘try and find ANYTHING’ to mess with her. Got it…,” Crawford added in a second tweet.
“Queen I support you,” WNBA star Natasha Cloud wrote in a Twitter thread. “It’s time to break the stigma surrounding athletes use of marijuana. I have my medical card. I play at the highest level my sport has to offer and I use medicinal marijuana for anxiety, recovery, and sleep.”
Retired NBA champion and “All the Smoke” podcast host Matt Barnes took to Instagram to name on “current athletes, retired athletes and working professionals out here that are cannabis users, advocates and supporters” to assist marketing campaign “to get [Richardson] back into the olympics.”
Richardson addressed the one-month suspension Friday in an interview on the “Today Show,” the place she acknowledged and took accountability for her actions.
“I know what I did. I know what I’m supposed to do … I still made that decision,” Richardson instructed Savannah Guthrie.
She defined that she used marijuana after studying from a reporter mid-interview that her organic mother had handed — which Richardson stated despatched her right into a state of “emotional panic.”
“[I was] blinded by emotion, blinded by bad news, blinded by just hurting, hiding hurt honestly… I was just trying to hide my pain,” she stated.
Richardson examined optimistic on the US Olympics trials final month in Oregon, the place leisure hashish use and possession are authorized. Marijuana is taken into account a banned substance by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and USA Track & Field.
The optimistic end result got here after she gained the 100 meters in 10.86 seconds to grow to be a prime gold-medal contender for Team USA in Tokyo.
She reportedly won’t be allowed to run within the Olympic 100-meter race as a result of one-month ban, however she might compete in relays.
“The rules are clear, but this is heartbreaking on many levels; hopefully, her acceptance of responsibility and apology will be an important example to us all that we can successfully overcome our regrettable decisions, despite the costly consequences of this one to her,” USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart stated.
The assertion additionally defined that Richardson’s optimistic check disqualified her Olympic qualifying outcomes on the Team Trials and he or she forfeits any medals, factors, and prizes. Following her one-month suspension, in keeping with the assertion, athlete eligibility for the Tokyo Games is “determined by the USOPC and/or USA Track & Field eligibility rules.”
Richardson’s suspension started on June 28, 2021. It’s unclear if she’s going to attraction the drug check outcomes.