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Sha’Carri Richardson Apologizing after Failed USADA Test

Track Star Sha’Carri Richardson is apologizing after testing positive for Marijuana. The Team USA Sprinter might now miss the Tokyo Olympics.

The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announcing Friday morning that Sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson has been Suspended for one month from the Olympic Team after testing positive for THC – a chemical compound found in Marijuana.

Now, Richardson won the 100 meter dash at the trials in Oregon — in impressive fashion. That’s where she was drug tested. And the positive drug test means that her First Place result was thrown out and she’s not going to be able to compete in that race in Tokyo where she was going to be the favorite.

Richardson lost her biological mother right before competing at the Trials and she told the Today Show Friday morning she was very upset at the time. She used Marijuana — and she added that she takes full responsibility for breaking the rules.

Sha’Carri saying: “I apologize for the fact that I didn’t even know how to control my emotions or deal with my emotions during that time. And what I would just leave out there is what I tweeted today and yesterday, I’m human. We’re human. I’m not encouraging anybody to do it. I’m not saying oh, don’t do it, or anything like that. But if you choose to do things in your personal time or things like that, you just should know, all right be aware of the consequences.”

In a Statement, USADA said “The rules are clear, but this is heartbreaking on many levels; hopefully, her acceptance of responsibility and apology will be an important example to us all that we can successfully overcome our regrettable decisions, despite the costly consequences of this one to her.”

Now the Minimum 30-Day Ban does prevent Richardson from running the 100 meters in Tokyo. It could end in time for her to run the 4-by-100 Meter Relay later on in the Games if she’s selected for the Team.

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