President Joe Biden has joined a growing list of celebrities and public figures to weigh in on the month-long ban on American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson after she tested positive for marijuana.
“The rules are the rules. Everybody knows what the rules are,” Biden told reporters Saturday in Michigan, according to Chris Bumbaca from USA Today. “If they should stay that way, if that should remain the rule, it’s a different matter. Rules are rules.
“And he was very proud of the way he responded.”
Although Biden is not an advocate for federal marijuana legalization, he spoke about decriminalizing the drug while campaigning for president.
Richardson emerged as a star at the US Olympic track and field events in Oregon last month, winning the women’s 100 meters. The 21-year-old admitted to ingesting marijuana during the trials after learning of the death of her biological mother, which she described as “triggering” and “shocking.”
During an interview on the “Today” show, Richardson took responsibility for his actions and said, “I know what I did. I know what I’m supposed to do, (what) I can’t do and I still made that decision.”
She added: “Don’t judge me because I’m human.”
Marijuana is prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency and the United States Anti-Doping Agency during the competition period. Athletes who test positive for marijuana can face a maximum suspension of two years.
While Richardson is suspended for a month, she could still compete in the 4×100-meter relay depending on the USA Track and Field selection.
The Texas native hoped to become America’s first 100-meter gold medalist since 1996. She won the NCAA title as a freshman at Louisiana State University in 2019 with a record of 10.75 seconds earlier. from dropping his personal best to 10.72 in April.