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Photo: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

President Biden on Saturday commented on sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson's one-month suspension, telling reporters "the rules are the rules."

What he's saying: "[E]verybody knows what the rules were going in. Whether ... that should remain the rule is a different issue," Biden said.

  • "I was really proud of her, the way she responded," the president added.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked about Richardson's suspension during a briefing on Friday, saying the White House would give the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency "the space and room to make their decisions about anti-doping policies that need to be implemented."

  • "I will also note that Sha'Carri Richardson is an inspiring young woman who ... has gone through a lot, personally ... and she also happens to be one of the fastest women in the world, and that's an important part of the story as well," Psaki added.

The big picture: Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) called on the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to reconsider Richardson's suspension also on Saturday.

Catch up quick: Richardson was suspended by the USADA and disqualified from the Olympics' 100-meter race after testing positive for cannabis. The runner said she took the substance to cope with her biological mother's death just days before the Olympic trials.

  • WADA claims marijuana can enhance an athlete's performance because it "reduces anxiety, allowing athletes to better perform under pressure and to alleviate stress experienced before and during competition."

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Kendall Baker, author of Sports
Updated Jul 2, 2021 - Sports

Sha'Carri Richardson tests positive for marijuana, will miss 100-meter race

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Sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson, who was poised to be one of the faces of Team USA in Tokyo, will be unable to compete in the 100-meter race at the Olympics after testing positive for marijuana and accepting a one-month suspension, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced Friday.

Why it matters: The Texan, who is the second-fastest woman in the 100 meters this year (10.72 seconds), was aiming to become the first American woman to win a gold in the event since Gail Devers in 1999.

Updated Jul 3, 2021 - Sports

AOC urges U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to end Sha'Carri Richardson's suspension

Sha'Carri Richardson. Photo: Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) sent a letter to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency encouraging the group to rethink sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson's one-month suspension for recreational marijuana use.

What they're saying: "We urge you to reconsider the policies that led to this and other suspensions for recreational marijuana use, and to reconsider Ms. Richardson’s suspension. Please strike a blow for civil liberties and civil rights by reversing this course you are on," Ocasio-Cortez and Raskin said.

Jul 2, 2021 - Sports

Sha'Carri Richardson's weed suspension says a lot about mental health in sports

Photo: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

America's best shot for Olympic gold in the women's 100 meters won't be competing, after testing positive for marijuana.

Driving the news: U.S. favorite sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson has been suspended after testing positive for marijuana that she said she used to cope with her biological mother's death, which had put her in "a state of emotional panic."