Sha’Carri who has become an internet meme at this point due to several backlash over resurfaced homophobic tweets along with backlash over her positive marijuana test results during a routine check for the Olympics, found herself disqualified from racing in the 100-meter dash at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and Nike has issued an official statement in support of the young athlete.

“We appreciate Sha’Carri’s honesty and accountability and will continue to support her through this time,” Nike said in response to the development.

In an interview with Savannah Guthrie on the TODAY show, Sha’Carri addressed her suspension and explained the circumstances that led to the drug use albeit prohibited but somewhat understandable in a human context. See what we mean below.

“I just want to take responsibility for my actions, I know what I did, I know what I’m supposed to do, I’m allowed not to do and I still made that decision. I’m not making an excuse or looking for any empathy in my case.”

Richardson went on to explain the circumstances that triggered her drug use, saying:

“I was just thinking it would be a normal interview and then on the interview to hear that information come from a complete stranger, it was definitely triggering, it was nerve shocking because it’s like who are you to tell me that?”

She added, “As much as I’m disappointed, I know that when I step on that track I don’t just represent myself. I represent a community that has shown me great support, great love. I apologize for the fact that I didn’t know how to control my emotions, or deal with my emotions, during that time.”

See the disappointed sprinter share her story on The TODAY Show below.

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