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Sha’Carri Richardson breaks silence on positive weed test that’s impacting her Olympic participation

Sha'Carri Richardson, Olympics

U.S. sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson had as good as chance as any to win the 100 in the Tokyo Olympics after posting a time of 10.86 in the final trials. Her season best time of 10.72 is the second fastest in the world this year. Now, that’s all been wiped away.

Sha’Carri Richardson tested positive for a cannabis substance, and as a result, has been suspended for a month by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. It’s a heartbreaking turn of events and what makes it even worse is the story behind it that Richardson talked about on Friday on NBC’s “Today” show.

“I want to take responsibility for my actions. I know what I did. I know what I’m supposed to do … and I still made that decision…Don’t judge me because I am human. I’m you, I just happen to run a little faster.” Sha-Carri Richardson.

Richardson has been through a lot. Her mother had recently passed away and she stated she didn’t know how to deal with it emotionally.

“(I’m) not making an excuse or looking for any empathy in my case, but, however, being in that position in my life, finding out something like that, something that I would say is probably one of the biggest things that have impacted me … that definitely was a very heavy topic on me.” – Sha’Carri Richardson.

What makes this all bizarre and shows how backwards the rules are is that there’s a chance Richardson could still compete at the Tokyo Olympics. Her suspension is set to end before the 4×100 relay takes place, leaving open the chance for Sha’Carri Richardson to potentially participate.

In this case, the rules are the rules but that doesn’t mean they’re right.