Sha’Carri Richardson
Sha’Carri Richardson

People Online Express Support For Track Star Sha’Carri Richardson After News Breaks That She’s Been Suspended After Testing Positive For Cannabis

People online are expressing support for Sha’Carri Richardson after news broke that she may not be able to participate in the Tokyo Olympics because she tested positive for cannabis.

This week, headlines surfaced that Richardson, 21, could lose her chance to run in the Tokyo Games after testing positive marijuana. According to reports, the track star used cannabis before running in the Olympic trials, located in Oregon, where marijuana use is legal. At this same time, unbeknownst to the world, Richardson’s biological mother passed away. And the first time athlete heard the news was during an interview. Richardson says hearing the tragic news in that way and at that moment put her in a state of “emotional panic” and led to her self-medicating with cannabis.

“I had an interview scheduled with my agent. I knew I was having an interview. I knew going into the interview. Like, I was just thinking it would be a normal interview, and then on the interview, to hear that information come from a complete stranger was definitely triggering, was definitely nerve-shocking,” said Richardson. “Cause it’s like, how are you to tell me that? And no offense against him at all. He’s just doing his job. But, definitely, that sent me in a state of mind and a state of emotional panic, if anything. And still knowing that I’m here. I still have to go out and put on a performance.”

Richardson went on to say that she knew her stardom as an athlete wouldn’t allow her to hide, so she chose to use cannabis as a way to “hide her pain.”

It didn’t take long for Richardson fans and supporters to come to her defense. The words “cannabis” and the hashtags “#LegalizeIt” and “#LetShaCarrriRun” have now gone viral. While people share support for the track star, they are also discussing the issues surrounding the legalization of weed, self-medicating, and how Black people have been disproportionately criminalized for marijuana-related actions throughout history.

From celebs to former athletes and more, people are sounding off in support of Richardson and rooting for the Olympics to #LetShaCarriRun.


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