Sha’Carri Richardson talked publicly about her failed drug test.
On Thursday, the 21-year-old track and field athlete failed a drug test, which would prevent her from participating in the 100-meter sprint at the Tokyo Olympics, and on Friday, she explained what went wrong.
Richardson’s failed test came from smoking marijuana in Oregon, where marijuana is legal but still violates the sport’s drug policy. She did not test positive on steroids.
On Friday’s “Today” program, Richardson detailed how the death of her biological mother had caused her great stress, and how cannabis became her way of responding to the news:
“To be honest, I just want to apologize for my behavior,” Richardson said on Friday. “I know what I did. I know what I should do, and I was allowed not to do it, but I still made that decision. No excuses were made, and no sympathy was sought in my case.
“However, being in that position in my life and finding similar things, what I would say, this is one of the biggest things that have a positive and negative impact on me. When it comes to my relationship with my mother, it has come It is definitely a very heavy topic.”
The sprinter learned of the death of her biological mother from a reporter-she described her as a “complete stranger”-she said it “triggered” her, which is understandable. She turned to marijuana to help deal with the loss.
“We all struggle differently, we all have different things to deal with. But to put a face on, we must go to the world and put on a face to conceal my pain. Who should I tell when you face How do you deal with pain, or a struggle you have never experienced before?”
Although Richardson will not be able to participate in the 100m race, it is unlikely that she will be appointed as a member of the country’s relay team. She said that she spent all her time and energy on healing herself, but would be grateful for the opportunity to run with the team.
In an interview with “Today”, she apologized to her fans and team.
Later on Thursday, Richardson sent a message to the world after failing the test:
I am human
-Shakari Richardson (@itskerrii) July 1, 2021
The American Athletics Federation issued a statement after Richardson appeared on national television and expressed sympathy and support for the sprinter.
USATF issued the following statement after Sha’Carri Richardson appeared on the Today Show.
“We will work with Sha’Carri to ensure she has sufficient resources to overcome any mental health challenges now and in the future” pic.twitter.com/gdLeMBqQjD
— Chris Chavez (@ChrisChavez) July 2, 2021