Sha’Carri Richardson’s ‘Today Show’ interview after positive marijuana test

Sha’Carri Richardson is talking out and making no excuses as she’s suspended from Team USA over a positive drug test.

The 21-year-old sprinter examined positive for marijuana on the US Olympic trials, and on Friday, she confronted the scenario head-on in a “Today Show” interview.

“I know what I did. I know what I’m supposed to do … I still made that decision,” Richardson advised Savannah Guthrie.

Her lawyer confirmed to NBC News that she has been suspended from the Olympic staff after testing positive for THC, the chemical in marijuana.

“I want to take responsibility for my actions. I’m not looking for an excuse,” Richardson stated.

On Friday, the sprinter accepted a one-month suspension because of her positive marijuana test. The ban, for “testing positive for a substance of abuse,” started on June 28, 2021.

“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 USADA assertion didn’t affirm whether or not or not Richardson can run within the relay.

Sha'Carri Richardson runs in the Women's 100 Meter semifinal.
Sha’Carri Richardson runs within the Women’s 100 Meter semifinal.
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“Right now I’m just putting all of my energy into dealing with what I need to deal with to heal myself,” Richardson stated on “Today.”

It’s unclear if she’s going to enchantment the drug test outcomes.

Richardson examined positive in Oregon, the place leisure hashish use and possession are authorized. Though, marijuana is taken into account a banned substance by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and USA Track & Field.

Richardson rose to reputation after profitable the ladies’s 100m race on the U.S. Olympic observe and subject trials final month, which slated her as one in all Team USA’s prime gold medal contenders.

Her prolonged lashes, colourful hair and lengthy, manicured nails have been fan favorites — apart from her velocity and viral victory, when she bumped into the stands to hug her grandmother.

Richardson revealed within the NBC interview that her organic mom had died the week earlier than her race.

During her interview on “Today,” she revealed that she discovered about her mom’s passing from a reporter — a second she described as “shocking” and “triggering.”

Sha'Carri Richardson celebrates winning the Women's 100 Meter final with grandmother Betty Harp.
Sha’Carri Richardson celebrates profitable the Women’s 100 Meter ultimate with grandmother Betty Harp.
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Richardson confirmed she used the substance after being “blinded by emotion blinded by bad news, blinded by just hurting, hiding hurt honestly… I was just trying to hide my pain.”

“I’m not making an excuse or looking for empathy in my case. However, being in that position in my life, finding out something like that … Dealing with the relationship I have with my mother, that definitely was a very heavy topic on me,” she defined.

Richardson went on to specific optimism about her Olympic future.

“This is just one game. I’m 21. I’m very young. Unlike most, I have plenty of games left in me to compete in and I have plenty of talent that backs me up because everything I do comes from me naturally: No steroids. … After my sanction is up I’ll be back and ready to compete,” she stated earlier than apologizing to her followers, household, sponsors, and “the haters too.”

“I failed y’all,” she stated.

After the positive test made headlines on Thursday, Richardson tweeted, “I am human.”

Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. replied, “This is bull Shxt……tbh.”

In wake of her suspension, athletes and celebrities — together with Dwyane Wade, Gabrielle Union, Emmanuel Acho and extra — have spoken out in help of Richardson on social media.

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