HOUSTON – There was shock on Friday as word went mainstream that American champion Sha’Carri Richardson learned she cannot run in the Olympic 100-meter race after testing positive for a chemical found in marijuana.
Here are what some are saying over social media about the news.
Sha'Carri Richardson broke a rule. And it’s ridiculous weed has this stigma. Both things can be true.— Taylor Rooks (@TaylorRooks) July 2, 2021
She handled this entire ordeal like an adult and accepted complete responsibility. The conversation now should be about athlete’s mental health and improving that response.
There is no need for Sha’Carri to apologize.— Congressman Jamaal Bowman (@RepBowman) July 2, 2021
We need to get rid of archaic rules for a substance that is fully legal in 19 states plus DC.
And we need to legalize it at the federal level. https://t.co/Ws0n8ykKIP
Suspension should be lifted for Olympian Sha’Carri Richardson. This is nonsense.— Scott Dworkin (@funder) July 2, 2021
Weed is NOT performance enhancing..— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) July 2, 2021
How can this be? if we follow dumb rules, how will they ever get changed? We have made ourselves dumb for too long following rules designed to keep us dumb.— Ricky Williams (@Rickthelaureate) July 2, 2021
What a shame. Can we just let all athletes use Cannabis if they so choose? The argument that it is performance enhancing is about as convincing as saying Advil is performance enhancing. Let Sha’Carri Richardson Run! https://t.co/b9BI2o0iJM— Tyler Winklevoss (@tyler) July 2, 2021
“Siri, please take way my last bit of hope for this country.”— W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) July 2, 2021
Sha’Carri Richardson reportedly out of Olympic 100m after positive cannabis test | Athletics | The Guardian https://t.co/qyvCgaLH7a
Me on the way to Sha’Carri Richardson house with a bottle of clean urine so she can pass her drug test and not miss winning gold in the Olympics just for weed pic.twitter.com/tMJ21DhtbM— Rich (@UptownDC_Rich) July 2, 2021
Richardson had won the women’s 100 meters at the recent U.S. Olympic Trials with a time of 10.86 seconds and was expected to be a gold medal contender in the event in Tokyo.