American champion and track star Sha’Carri Richardson will not be running in the Olympic 100-meter race after testing positive for a chemical found in marijuana. Richardson accepted a 30-day suspension that ends July 27, which would be in time to run in the women’s relays. USA Track and Field has not disclosed plans for the relay.
She went on TV this morning to share that she smoked marijuana as a way to cope with the recent death of her mother.
“I was definitely triggered and blinded by emotions, blinded by badness, and hurting, and hiding hurt,” she said on “Today.” “I know I can’t hide myself, so in some type of way, I was trying to hide my pain.”
Richardson had what could have been a three-month sanction reduced to one month because she participated in a counseling program.