President Biden gave a muted response Saturday to sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson’s suspension due to a positive marijuana test that will cut her from the Tokyo Olympics later this month.
“The rules are the rules and everybody knows of the rules going in,” the president told reporters after being asked for his take. “Whether they should remain the rules is a different issue, but the rules are the rules … but I was really proud of the way she responded.”
Richardson, 21, a Dallas native, apologized Friday, explaining she had used the drug to cope with the loss of her biological mother who died soon before the race in which she tested positive.
Unlike Biden, progressive Democrats have balked at the suspension, many linking it to racism.
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On Friday, Democratic U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., tweeted, “We worked with @RepRaskin and the Subcommittee on Civil Rights & Civil Liberties to formally ask @USAntiDoping to end Sha’Carri Richardson’s suspension. Their decision lacks any scientific basis. It’s rooted solely in the systemic racism that’s long driven anti-marijuana laws.”
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Liberal actor Seth Rogan, who is known for smoking pot, als
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