Sha’Carri Richardson Still Backed By Nike Despite Marijuana Scandal As Brand Appreciates His “Honesty And Responsibility”
SHA’CARRI Richardson is still backed by Nike despite its marijuana scandal with the brand saying they value his âhonesty and responsibilityâ.
The sportswear giant said it would continue to sponsor the runner after she was given a month-long ban by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for testing positive for THC, a chemical found in marijuana.
Nike said in a statement, “We appreciate Sha’Carri’s honesty and responsibility and will continue to support her during this time.”
The brand has supported the athlete, currently the fastest woman in the United States, since 2019. It is not known how much the sponsorship deal is worth.
The ban means she will not be competing in the 100-meter sprint at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, although she could still be part of the relay team at the Games as the ban will have expired by the time she is executed.
Richardson took to his Twitter page this weekend to applaud all the commentators who had criticized his actions.
She wrote: “The support (heart emojis) from my community, thank you all, the negatives are all forgetting you and enjoying the games because we all know it won’t be the same.
“I’m sorry, I can’t be your Olympic champion this year, but I promise you that I will be your world champion next year.”
She added, “All these perfect people who know how to live life, I’m glad I’m not one of them!”
President Joe Biden appeared to support the IOC’s decision when asked for his opinion during a weekend visit to Michigan on July 4.
Joe Biden told reporters: “Rules are rules.”
“The rules are the rules and everyone knows the rules that come into force”, Biden said.
“Whether they have to stay the rules is a different question, but the rules are the rules.â¦ But I was really proud of the way she answered.”
Richardson, America’s fastest woman, previously said in a tweet: “I am human” and said in an interview on the Today show last Friday that she was “sparked” by the death of his mother.
In an “emotional panic,” she said she took marijuana, which caused her drug test to fail.
âI apologize for the fact that I was unable to control my emotions or manage my emotions during this time.
“Who am I to tell you how to face it?” Who am I to tell you that you are wrong to hurt?
She added, âI’m just saying don’t judge myself for being human.
“I am you, I happen to run a little faster.”
Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez lambasted the decision to ban Richardson, calling it “racist and colonial”.
“The criminalization and ban of cannabis is an instrument of racist and colonial policy,” Ocasio-Cortez said Friday. “The IOC [International Olympic Committee] should reconsider his suspension of Ms. Richardson and any athlete penalized for cannabis use. “
Richardson ran the 100-meter in 10.86 seconds in Oregon last month.
The race, however, was provisionally erased from the record books.
Her record of 10.72 seconds is the second fastest in the world this year behind Beijing and London gold medalist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.
Richardson, who had been described as the “best American prospect” in track and field events, is estimated to have a net worth of around $ 100,000, according to Exact Net Worth and Biography Daily.
But Spotsjone and Celebsagewiki claim the track and field star’s net worth is between $ 1-5 million.
The average salary for a sprinter in the United States is between $ 45,000 and $ 50,000 per year, and Richardson signed the deal with Nike.