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Sha'Carri Richardson has experienced a huge outpouring of support from celebs, fans, fellow athletes, and politicians after being suspended from the Olympic team for a month due to testing positive for THC.
Many people think the suspension is massively unfair due to marijuana not being a performance enhancing drug—not to mention the policing of its use being firmly rooted in racism. Add this to the fact that Sha'Carri said she'd used marijuana to cope with learning about the death of her biological mother, and her disqualification seems completely unjustified and wrong.
As Olympic Gold Medalist soccer player Sydney Leroux noted, "We need to look at what athletes are being given to deal with the mental and physical demands of their sport. If Xanax and opioids are legal, then marijuana should be too."
Read more responses from celebs, athletes, and politicians supporting Sha'Carri below:
Sha'Carri spoke to Today's Savannah Guthrie about the suspension, explaining that she'd learned about her biological mother's death moments before racing at the Olympic trials.
"To put on a face, to have to go in front of the world and put on a face and hide my pain, I don't know ... Who am I to tell you how to cope when you're dealing with pain? Or you're dealing with a struggle that you've never experienced before? Or that you never thought you'd have to deal with?"
She added, "I would like to say to my friends, my family, my sponsorship, to the haters too: I apologize. As much as I'm disappointed, I know that when I step on the track I don't represent myself, I represent a community that has shown me great support, great love."
Say it with me: Let Sha’Carri run.
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