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    Sha'Carri Richardson Explained Her Decision To Use Marijuana And Received A Lot Of Support From Fans

    "Who am I to tell you how to cope when you're dealing with a pain or dealing with a struggle that you've never experienced before."

    Only a few weeks ago, Sha'Carri Richardson was flying high as the fastest woman in America and earning a spot at the Tokyo Olympics.

    Unfortunately, on Friday morning, it was announced that she would be disqualified from competing in the 100-meter race at the Olympics after testing positive for cannabis.

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    The athlete was interviewed by Savannah Guthrie on Today prior to the announcement being made and took full responsibility for her mistake.

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    "I want to take responsibility for my actions. I know what I did," she shared. "I know what I'm supposed to do, [what] I'm allowed not to do, and I still made that decision."

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    Before the race, Sha'Carri's biological mother died — something she says caused her to use marijuana.

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    She explained of her decision, "To put on a face to have to go in front of the world and put on a face and hide my pain, like, who am I to tell you how to cope when you're dealing with a pain or dealing with a struggle that you've never experienced before."

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    Sha'Carri took to Twitter on Thursday night to ask people to understand her situation.

    Many fans and celebrities came to her defense online as well.

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    Actor Gabrielle Union said the committee should "let her run."

    Weed is great for many a thing but running faster isn't one of them. LET HER RUN!!! #ShacarriRichardson

    Twitter: @itsgabrielleu

    Radio personality Damon Bruce said weed doesn't make you faster.

    If smoking weed made ya faster, I’d be the Road Runner. Let. Her. Race. #ShacarriRichardson

    Twitter: @DamonBruce

    This fan remarked that she "had every right to get high" considering the stress she was under.

    sha’carri mom just died in the middle of her competing for a place in the olympics . major situations happening at once in her life . she had every right to get high, drunk or whatever for her mental health . she didn’t hurt anyone . i still support her . #shacarririchardson

    Twitter: @F0ll0wDeezNutz

    Another fan is wondering why we are even testing for marijuana in 2021.

    Who still drug tests for weed in this big 2021? Grow up #ShaCarriRichardson

    Twitter: @kingson7_

    A different fan was impressed that she managed to race with marijuana in her system.

    Aye ion know too many ppl that can run 100 meter sober let alone high #ShaCarriRichardson

    Twitter: @blackenese217

    As of now, the Olympics committee is sticking firm to their decision. No matter what happens, Sha'Carri Richardson has a bright future ahead of her, and she's just getting started.

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