STATELINE, Nev. — When Olympic qualifying sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson received a 30-day suspension for testing positive for marijuana during the Olympic trials, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes made his feelings toward the suspension public when he tweeted, “This is so trash man… just let her run!”
Now, USA Track & Field has decided not to include Richardson on the 4×100 Olympic relay team in Tokyo, despite the suspension being over before that race takes place.
Mahomes tweeted his immediate reaction, “Lol that is so crazy man…smh” and went on ESPN’s First Take on Thursday to share feelings on the decision.
I’m not gonna go into the finer things as far as the marijuana and all that different type of stuff. But I do think the rule was in place that she was at least able to run the 4×1. For her to be left off after all the hard work and dedication that she’s put into the sport and her to be one of the bright young stars for the USA, it’s just disappointing that she got left off after she put in the work. She made a mistake like we all make mistakes, whatever way that is. To give her an extra almost-ban to not let her be at the Olympics at all, it’s pretty ridiculous to me.Patrick Mahomes on First Take
Richardson, 21, appeared on the Today after the news broke of her suspension and said she used marijuana to cope with the death of her mother shortly before the trials.
The Olympic sprinter said she she takes responsibility for her actions and has many more Olympic games ahead of her.
“Don’t judge me, because I am human,” Richardson said. “I’m you. I just happen to run a little faster.”