The whole world was left in utter shock when athlete Sha'Carri Richardson was banned from the Olympics after testing positive for the drug Marijuana.
And now, the U.S track star, who had previously been dubbed as "America's fastest woman" for her show-stopping performance at the Olympic trials earlier this month, has finally broken her silence on being kicked off the team.
Twenty-one year old Richardson was set for the gold medal at the Tokyo Games this summer for the 100m race, however, she recently had her dreams squashed when U.S Track and Field organizers elected to keep her off the 4x100 relay team, despite her original thirty-day suspension set to end prior to the event.
In an interview with TMZ Sports, Richardson explained on Wednesday that she's not upset or p*ssed about how things transpired: "Honestly, that news didn't bother me because me and my team were realistic, so we kind of figured that they would say that in the first place."
Since the announcement, Richardson has garnered support from fans as well as major celebrities such as Zendaya, Cardi B, Halle Berry, and AOC, with many of her fans and teammates demanding an expectation to be made to allow her to complete.
The criminalization and banning of cannabis is an instrument of racist and colonial policy.
The IOC should reconsider its suspension of Ms. Richardson and any athletes penalized for cannabis use. This ruling along w/ IOC denial of swim caps for natural hair is deeply troubling. https://t.co/Ao1Yu8Ax9G
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 2, 2021
THM reports that all things considered, Sha'Carri tells us she's doing "fine" and maintaining a positive outlook on the ordeal.
"I understand the situation that's going on. So, I'm accepting of it, and I just know what I have to do moving forward in my career."
Richardson stormed through the Olympics U.S Trials, flying through the 100m split with a time of 10.86 seconds. She made headlines for not only breaking the American record for fastest 200m sprint for a woman but during her victory lap, she was seen leaving the pitch and climbing the stands to embrace her grandmother,
All these perfect people that know how to live life , I'm glad I'm not one of them!
— Sha'Carri Richardson (@itskerrii) July 4, 2021
"Without my grandmother, there would be no Sha'Carri Richardson," she told NBC. "My family is my everything, my everything until the day I'm done."
Richardson had, unfortunately, lost her biological mother ahead of the Olympic qualifier and said she had smoked marijuana to cope with the loss, which caused her incredible amounts of stress.
"I apologize for the fact that I didn't even know how to control my emotions or deal with that during that time," she told a US broadcaster on Friday. I greatly apologize if I let you guys down - and I did. This will be the last time the U.S comes home without a gold in the 100m," she said.
"I'm twenty-one, I'm very young, I have plenty of games left in me to compete in and plenty of talent that backs me up because everything I do comes naturally to me, no steroids or anything."
After the 2012 Olympics, international regulators loosened their restrictions regarding the use of marijuana. The threshold was increased from a positive to a level designed to catch athletes who obey were using the drug in the immediate hours before a competition.
Potential bans were also reduced from two years to as little as the month-long suspension that Richardson is serving.
The Tokyo Olympics begin on July 23rd.