BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A north Baltimore church posted a message of acceptance and approval for star sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson, who was suspended after she tested positive for marijuana.
“SHA’CARRI RICHARDSON YOU ARE STILL THAT GIRL #LEGALIZE,” read the Pleasant Hope Baptist Church leaderboard last week.READ MORE: ‘Tremendous Loss’ Violence Prevention Worker Killed In East Baltimore Mass Shooting
The failed test and resulting suspension could jeopardize the 21-year-old’s chance at this month’s Tokyo Olympics. Richardson has explained that she used marijuana to cope after learning of her mother’s death from a reporter.
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“We are praying for & with you!” added the church in a Facebook post.
Richardson’s suspension spurred an outpouring of support from fellow professional athletes and celebrities, and also made international headlines.
I am human ✊🏾 https://t.co/m5wblpTr1X
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) July 2, 2021
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My heart is broken for @itskerrii. I think she is an amazing athlete and her personality is superstar level. Marijuana being a banned substance in competition seems… outdated???? And unfair.
— Adam Rippon (@AdamRippon) July 2, 2021