Drake, Cardi B, Snoop Dogg, and More React to Sha'Carri Richardson's Olympic Suspension

Celebrities showed their support for the Team USA sprinter, who was hit with a one-month suspension after she tested positive for marijuana.

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Some of entertainment’s biggest stars are showing solidarity with Sha’Carri Richardson.

Earlier this week, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced it had suspended the Team USA sprinter for one month after she tested positive for THC. The ruling meant Richardson would be prohibited from competing in the Olympics’ 100-meter dash, an event she completely dominated during last month’s trials. The 21-year-old athlete apologized for violating the rules, and explained she had used marijuana to help her cope with the death of her biological mother.

“I want to take responsibility for my actions,” she said during a Friday appearance on the Today show. “I know what I did and what I’m not supposed to do. I know what I’m not allowed to do and I still made that decision. Not making an excuse or looking for any empathy in my case, but being in that position of my life and finding out something like that—something that I would say has impacted my life positively and negatively in my life when it comes to dealing with the relationship with my mother—that definitely was a heavy topic on me.”

Sha’Carri Richardson (@itskerrii) joins us live for an exclusive interview to discuss the positive marijuana test that’s put her Olympic future in limbo. pic.twitter.com/iVBp3zhvja

— TODAY (@TODAYshow) July 2, 2021

The 30-day suspension ignited widespread outrage, as well as a debate about whether marijuana should be included on the list of banned substances alongside performance-enhancement drugs. Film, music, and sports stars took to social media this weekend to express their support for Richardson; some of those celebrities, which included Drake, Seth Rogen, Cardi B, and Snoop Dogg, also used the opportunity to slam the USADA’s decision, and called on the agency to ditch the marijuana ban, as societal views on the substance have drastically shifted.

You can read some of the messages—posted by the aforementioned celebrities—below.

Drake via his IG story. pic.twitter.com/4Gz5qw6f3L

— Word On Road (@WordOnRd) July 3, 2021

The notion that weed is a problematic “drug” is rooted in racism. It’s insane that Team USA would disqualify one of this country’s most talented athletes over thinking that’s rooted in hatred. It’s something they should be ashamed of. Also if weed made you fast, I’d be FloJo. https://t.co/swDLNoVcV3

— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) July 2, 2021

Me too 🙏🏽 https://t.co/keLaKYBMfO

— Cardi B (@iamcardib) July 3, 2021

This is so trash man… just let her run! https://t.co/tFY8omt215

— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) July 2, 2021

But majority of y’all rule makers smoke and probably are investors in THC companies. Let’s stop playing these games https://t.co/hT3H6kw45T

— DWade (@DwyaneWade) July 2, 2021

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

— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) July 2, 2021

This is bull Shxt……tbh

— Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) July 2, 2021

marijuana is NOT a performance enhancing drug

— Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy) July 2, 2021

This is trash. Standing with @itskerrii 💯. This has BEEN outdated.

— Megan Rapinoe (@mPinoe) July 2, 2021

So Sha’Carri Richardson should just “follow the rules” after finding out her biological mother had just died but the folks who attacked the nation’s Capitol following a free and fair election should be allowed to skate without investigation? Got it.

— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) July 2, 2021

Look, they once found trace amounts of THC in my blood and they still let me pilot the Enterprise.

— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) July 2, 2021

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