US sports stars join defense of Sha’Carri Richardson after marijuana decision
Olympic Track Champion American Sports Stars Michael johnson to supported NFL and NBA stars Sha’Carri Richardson after being suspended for using marijuana and losing her Olympic spot in the 100m.
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The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced a one-month ban after testing positive for marijuana, a substance banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Sha’Carri Richardson said she took the drug to cope with the pressure of trying to reach the Olympics and the pain of hearing of her birth mother’s death.
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“I don’t know why marijuana is banned. Maybe a good reason. Maybe not,” tweeted Johnson, four-time world champion and two-time Olympic champion in the 400m and former world and Olympic champion in the 200m.
“I know what it feels like to lose a parent. Indescribable pain! I’m from the same neighborhood as (Richardson) Tough place! I wish people would stop calling it and this stupid ban unless you know the reason for both.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick muhammad, Super Bowl 2020 MVP, tweeted about Richardson’s ban: “It’s so trashy man… let her run!”
Richardson, who this season became the sixth fastest woman of all time in the 100m, will not be able to compete in the event.
Richard sherman, a Super Bowl champion cornerback with Seattle, said he supports Richardson but questioned a company that would punish her for facing personal loss.
“I am very proud of this young woman but so frustrated with where we are as a company”, Sherman said.
“She faces one of the greatest personal losses one can have to suffer as she tries to accomplish one of the most difficult feats. Now we make him explain.
Retired NBA Star Dwyane Wade addressed to those who have decided that marijuana, legal in much of the United States, should be a banned substance.
“But the majority of all policymakers smoke and are probably investors in THC companies,” said Wade.
“Let’s stop playing these games.
Sha’Carri Richardson ban issue raised during White House and White House press secretary briefing Jen psaki noted that this was a USADA decision but pointed out: “Sha’Carri Richardson is an inspiring young woman who has been through a lot personally.
“And she also happens to be one of the fastest women in the world and that’s a big part of the story as well.”