Nobody is happy about the news regarding Sha’Carri Richardson…except for maybe the people who had to run against her in Tokyo.
Richardson has been suspended for one month from the Olympic team after testing positive for THC, a chemical found in marijuana, the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced on Friday.
“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,” said USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart in a press release.
NBA superstar Damian Lillard was upset about the news just like everybody else.
“This that bullshit,” Lillard said in response to the news.
Richardson learned that her biological mother had passed away just two days before the qualifying race.
“I want to take responsibility for my actions,” Richardson said. “I know what I did and what I’m not supposed to do. I know what I’m not allowed to do and I still made that decision. Not making an excuse or looking for any empathy in my case but being in that position of my life and finding out something like that – something that I would say has impacted my life positively and negatively in my life when it comes to dealing with the relationship with my mother – that definitely was a heavy topic on me.
“To have to go out into the world and put on a face — who am I to tell you how to cope?”
“It put me in a state of emotional panic,” she added. “Knowing I still have to go out and put on a performance for my dream… From there I was just blinded by emotion. Blinded by sadness.”