Sha’Carri Richardson Appears To Respond To Olympic Runner Gabby Thomas Who Expressed Disappointment In Black People Boycotting Games
Olympic runner Gabby Thomas expressed her disappointment in many people’s decision not to watch the Olympics this year after Sha’Carri Richardson was banned – and it looks like Sha’Carri Richardson has a response.
As previously reported, Sha’Carri Richardson will not be running in the Olympic games this year after she tested positive for marijuana. She told TODAY that she used cannabis after a reporter informed her that her biological mother passed away.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced that she accepted a 30-day suspension, which disqualified her from the 100-meter event. At the time, there was still a chance she would be selected for Team USA’s 4×100 relay race.
But yesterday (July 6th), it was reported that she was not selected for that event, meaning she will not participate in the Olympics at all this year.
Instead, Gabby Thomas, English Gardner, and Aleia Hobbs will be running the 4×100 meter relay.
The 100-meter race team includes Javianne Oliver, Teahna Daniels, Jenna Prandini, and Gabby Thomas, according to Sports Illustrated.
As news of Sha’Carri’s absence made headlines, many made it clear they would not be watching the Olympics this year in protest of the decision against her.
Gabby Thomas tweeted amid the criticism and announcements of a boycott,
“It really hurts to see so many black people choosing not to watch the Olympics this year. There are so many black athletes who have put in YEARS of hard work for this moment- myself included. We want your support”
The Harvard graduate added,
“Additionally, I worry some of the anger and disdain may be misplaced. The “Olympics” and those at the IOC have nothing to do with current events taking place”
Sha’Carri Richardson tweeted a couple of hours later,
“Athletes that haven’t and will never beat me have a lot to say about or surrounding my situation. When most of them have said nothing to me showing their characters that y’all don’t see behind the races.”
That post appears to have been deleted. She also wrote,
“The attention that is on track now and was because of very very few names. So if that’s where fans support lay, you can’t be mad at that.”
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