Joe Biden has defended the suspension of Sha’Carri Richardson after she tested positive for marijuana. Richardson will no longer be able to compete at the Tokyo Olympics.
“The rules are the rules and everybody knows of the rules going in,” the president told reporters after being asked for his take. “Whether they should remain the rules is a different issue, but the rules are the rules … but I was really proud of the way she responded.” Richardson, 21, a Dallas native, apologized Friday, explaining she had used the drug to cope with the loss of her biological mother who died soon before the race.
Not all democrats agreed with President Biden. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez leapt to the defence of Richardson. “We worked with @RepRaskin and the Subcommittee on Civil Rights & Civil Liberties to formally ask @USAntiDoping to end Sha’Carri Richardson’s suspension. Their decision lacks any scientific basis. It’s rooted solely in the systemic racism that’s long driven anti-marijuana laws.”
Others, like Democratic U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., used the moment to advocate for the drug’s legalization. “It’s LONG overdue that we legalize marijuana,” she tweeted. Republicans Rep. Matt Gaetz and Donald Trump Jnr also came to Richardson’s defence. “The press who love to bathe in the intersectionality of race-gender-sports should ask @JoeBiden if he believes Sha’carri Richardson should be barred from representing America for using a drug legal in most states that doesn’t impact performance, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., tweeted Friday. “I sure as hell don’t.” Donald Trump Jr tweeted, “Let her compete, I’m pretty damn sure weed has never made anyone faster.”
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