Actor Seth Rogen made a joke about his own penchant for pot as he joined the chorus of support for 21-year-old U.S. track star Sha’Carri Richardson, who will now miss the 100-meter sprint at the Tokyo Olympics following a positive marijuana test.
“The notion that weed is a problematic ‘drug’ is rooted in racism,” the actor wrote in a Twitter post.
“It’s insane that Team USA would disqualify one of this country’s most talented athletes over thinking that’s rooted in hatred. It’s something they should be ashamed of.”
Elected US officials, celebrities and other sports stars made similar points:
Richardson tested positive for marijuana at the U.S. Olympic trials in Oregon last month, invalidating her victory in the 100-meter sprint.
Under World Anti-Doping Agency rules, marijuana is banned during competitions. Richardson accepted a 30-day suspension and may still be able to run in the 4-x-100-meter relay in Tokyo.
Richardson apologised on NBC’s Today show on Friday, explaining she’d used the drug before the trials after learning from a reporter about the death of her biological mother.