The American sprinter has been in the minds and hearts of the public these past few weeks, as the visibility of a queer, Black woman with tattoos and colored hair has been, to many, a symbol of the kind of inclusive future we can look forward to post-pandemic. But it seems that the world is not quite ready for her alleged cannabis use to be in the mix, and it just might keep her out of the Olympics for good.
Richardson, only 21 years of age, may have failed a drug test this week, as it was first reported by Jamaica Gleaner, who alleged that she tested positive for a prohibited substance. Because of this, her U.S. Olympic Trials performance would no longer be valid, and she will likely miss the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
More information was then confirmed when Tyler Dragon of the Enquirer tweeted that she didn’t use steroids, as some had assumed, but is facing at least a 30-day suspension specifically for the use of cannabis, as she tested positive for marijuana.
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