An outpouring of support was given to Sha’Carri Richardson after she was suspended from the U.S. Olympic team on Friday after testing positive for THC.
Fellow athletes, celebrities, and fans in general took to social media to give out support for the 21-year-old sprinter, who was an early breakout star of the trials leading up to the Olympics.
“The rules are clear, but this is heartbreaking on many levels,” said USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart. “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.”
On Thursday, Richardson seemingly alluded to her suspension, tweeting, “I am human.”
Odell Beckham Jr. replied to Richardson’s tweet, writing, “This is bull Shxt……tbh.”
“I’m not watchin unless u can run… can we create a petition ?!? We are ALLLLL WAITIN on u!!!!”
“U should at least run by yourself or sumnnnn!! This ain’t right”
Speaking on “The Today Show,” Richardson confessed that she had taken marijuana after being sent into a state of “emotional panic” upon learning that her biological mother had passed away.
“I know what I did, I know what I’m supposed to do … and I still made that decision,” Richardson said. “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.”
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