Marijuana

An Unbeatable Sprinter Is Defeated by an Irrational Prejudice

Sha’Carri Richardson’s suspension for marijuana use highlights an arbitrary distinction that makes less sense than ever before.

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President Joe Biden's take on American sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson's one-month suspension for marijuana use was similar to hers and correct as far as it went. "Rules are rules," he said on Saturday, and "everybody knows what the rules are going in."

Biden added that "whether that should remain the rule is a different issue." But as the collapse of pot prohibition continues apace in the United States, that issue is unavoidable: Now that 44 percent of Americans live in states that treat marijuana like alcohol, the lingering distinction between these two intoxicants makes less sense than ever before.

Richardson, who tested positive for an inactive THC metabolite during U.S. Olympic Team Trials on June 19, said she used marijuana in Oregon, where voters approved legalization in 2014, after learning about her biological mother's death. Had she reacted by having a drink or two, that choice would have had no impact on her athletic career.

But under the 2021 World Anti-Doping Code, which the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) enforces, THC is considered a "substance of abuse," so designated because it is "frequently abused in society outside of the context of sport." Although the same obviously could be said of alcohol, that drug is not considered a "substance of abuse."

Counterintuitively, Richardson's infraction had nothing to do with "doping" as it is usually understood, since the USADA concedes that her marijuana use was "unrelated to sport performance." Nor does her positive test result indicate that she was under the influence of marijuana during competition, since the THC metabolite cited by the USADA can be detected in a cannabis consumer's urine for days or weeks after the last dose.

Richardson's cannabis consumption nevertheless had severe consequences. It nullified her first-place finish in the 100-meter trials, making her ineligible for that event at this summer's Olympics, where she had a good shot at winning a gold medal.

The 21-year-old runner responded to this crushing disappointment with remarkable grace. "As much as I'm disappointed, I know that when I step on the track I represent not only myself, I represent a community that has shown great support, great love," she said on NBC's Today show. "I apologize for the fact that I didn't know how to control my emotions or deal with my emotions during that time."

The USADA said Richardson's suspension was reduced from three months to one "because her use of cannabis occurred out of competition and was unrelated to sport performance, and because she successfully completed a counseling program regarding her use of cannabis." The idea that Richardson needed "counseling" because of her perfectly understandable response to her mother's death, as if that decision revealed her as an incipient drug addict, is irrational and more than a little insulting.

Other athletic organizations have recognized that arbitrary rules like the USADA's can no longer be justified (if they ever could). In 2019 the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball stopped testing players for marijuana.

Businesses also are adapting to the new reality of widely legal cannabis. Last month Amazon, the nation's second-largest private employer, announced that it would no longer test job applicants for marijuana and would instead treat cannabis consumption "the same as alcohol use."

The Biden administration initially indicated that it also would take a more tolerant approach, saying in February that it would allow people with a "limited" history of marijuana use—a description that encompasses at least half of American adults—to work in the Executive Office of the President. A month later, however, The Daily Beast reported that "dozens of young White House staffers have been suspended, asked to resign, or placed in a remote work program due to past marijuana use."

Repealing the federal ban on marijuana would greatly simplify decisions like these. But since Biden opposes that change and Democratic legislators who favor legalization are not making a serious effort to attract Republican support, it seems unlikely that will happen anytime soon.

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  1. She was defeated by her own hubris.

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    3. The funny thing within all this hand-wringing is that she took responsibility, admitted that she fucked up and broke the rules established by the Blessed Private Organizations that forbid dope-smoking as part of their requirements, and is accepting her suspension.

    4. I absolutely horrifies me to find myself in agreement with Biden, but if he’s right, he’s right.

      She knew the rules, she violated the rules. This question has nothing to do with what the rules SHOULD be. Either they’re enforced as they are, or they’re not “rules”.

      And she understands that herself. Why can’t Sullum?

    5. Exactly the rules whether you agree or not were clearly known. You choose to compete you need to follow the competitions rules. Even if your state made it legal that is meaningless.

  2. “Democratic legislators who favor legalization are not making a serious effort to attract Republican support”

    Ok full stop because nobody thinks an athlete using dope is going to do well, and rationally no democrat wants to work with the GOP and nobody in the republican party (except asshole RINOs) cares what a democrat thinks. So good luck getting that passed today, and also if you’re going to the Olympics or any other sport competition and you believe smokin dope is gonna get you somewhere, well Ricky Williams has got your back but nobody else.

    1. Phelps got in trouble over weed too.
      I’m a little confused though. It says she is serving a 1 month suspension. Does that mean she will be unable to compete? Or does it just mean she can’t use Olympic facilities for the duration and will be back in time for the games?
      I agree that weed shouldn’t be a banned substance for most Olympic events. I also think she bares responsibility for knowingly violating the rules. So long as she is still allowed to compete I am not too upset and support a change to the rules

      1. The Olympics are from July 23 through August 8. According to the previous article (which is linked to in the article above), she will not be able to compete. Also, it says in this article:

        “Richardson’s cannabis consumption nevertheless had severe consequences. It nullified her first-place finish in the 100-meter trials, making her ineligible for that event at this summer’s Olympics, where she had a good shot at winning a gold medal.”

      2. She will be unable to compete in the 100 meter, because the ruling negates her 100 meter qualifying time.

        Officially, the 4×100 meters relay does not require qualifying, just the choice of the Olympic team, and the suspension would have been over in time for her to compete in the 4×100 meters relay. However, yesterday the decision was made not to put her on the relay team.

        1. Thank you. So I’ll agree it is an overly harsh punishment.

      3. Phelps was caught 3-4 months after the Olympics. Richardson was caught just less than a month before the Olympics. Different time line, different results. False equivalence.

    2. She used a substance which enhanced her performance by helping her with stress relief and better sleep.

      Not all performance aids speed healing or stimulate the cardiovascular system. Some performance aids reduce the effects of strenuous activities or reduce stress.

      Pot definitely is a performance enhancer.

  3. SleepyJoe is laughing about it.

    1. Just because he’s hoping her hair smells like candy.

  4. It makes me disgusted to agree with Biden on anything. However, this is clear.

    There are clearly defined rules. She broke the rules, ruining her life’s work. It’s disappointing, but it’s hardly prejudice when she took a substance that is still technically illegal both federally and internationally, and she knew they would be testing for it and banning people for it.

    1. Second. I agree with:

      There are clearly defined rules. She broke the rules, ruining her life’s work. It’s disappointing, but it’s hardly prejudice when she took a substance that is still technically illegal both federally and internationally, and she knew they would be testing for it and banning people for it.

      There are tons of substances on the USADA’s banned substances list that are completely legal for your average citizen in virtually any country to take (e.g. sudafed). To extrapolate this to the WOD and irrational prejudice is stupid. As stupid as saying that if she’d tripped someone in a race she shouldn’t be punished because of people’s irrational apprehensions about fairness and tripping.

  5. O/T (in an effort to scoop Reason by at least a week):

    Nikole Hannah-Jones, who demanded tenure from UNC despite not being a serious academic, and who received said tenure from UNC, has refused the tenured slot.

    1. (in an effort to scoop Reason by at least a week):
      Too easy.

      1. Yeah, scooping an online publication that just today decided that “The Campaign Against ‘Extremism’ Looks Like an Attack on Speech” isn’t much of an accomplishment.

  6. Looking at those arms I’m guessing there is a lot more than some weed going on. That’s probably just all they caught.

    1. Usain Bolt also has pronounced muscles on his arms and so do many other sprinters.

      1. Usain Bolt also has testicles.

    2. Somebody’s not athletic.

    3. Looking at your comment I’m guessing you don’t know shit about being an athlete.

      Completely uninformed, ignorant, and without any scintilla of knowledge about sports nutrition or what it takes to train for anything more than clicking a mouse.

      You’re embarrassing yourself – STFU.

      1. You tell em’ MVP. No panty wastes welcome!

    4. There is no basis for your thinly-veiled accusation. Check out photos of virtually every other elite female sprinter in the world. These athletes are tested regularly and without notice.

    5. It takes a special sort of ignorance to think an athlete being buff, or a runner’s muscles being well defined, is suspicious.

  7. HGH is fully legal and can be prescribed by any physician in the United States. Nevertheless, if you get caught with it in your bloodstream while competing in professional sports you still get banned for it.

    Alcohol is fully legal and can be purchased by anyone 21 years of age or older in every state in the United States. Nevertheless, if you get caught with it in your bloodstream while driving you still get thrown in the slammer.

    Perhaps if you aspire to being a professional athlete you should familiarize yourself with the rules of your sport/league and abide by them. If you want to get high more than you want to be a professional athlete, that’s your choice.

    1. As Sullum notes in the article in more than one place, no one is saying that she didn’t know the rules and couldn’t have abided by them. The discussion is about whether the rules are reasonable.

      Having alcohol in your bloodstream above 0.08% means that you are intoxicated and your ability to drive would be impaired. Making that the test for the crime of DUI is perfectly reasonable. But no one is suggesting that athletes should be tested to see if they have a couple beers occasionally when not driving or competing.

      As also noted in the article, the inactive THC metabolites that she tested positive for indicated that she had used cannibis at some point in the past several days or few weeks, not that she was high while competing. The test is for whether the athletes are using it all, not a function of whether they are competing while high.

      I’m on the fence about whether pot should be legal for recreational use. Beer and wine can be consumed in moderation to the point where a person is not intoxicated or impaired significantly. Have a glass or two of wine over the course of a couple hours with dinner and many people would be well below 0.08 on the drive home. People at 0.08 or slightly above might be impaired and shouldn’t be driving, but might not even feel buzzed.

      But, as far as I’ve seen, people generally don’t consume marijuana in such moderation as to not get significantly high. The high is the point. Choosing to drink to the point of getting a good buzz going or getting drunk is not something that I feel is a choice that society should be encouraging. I’ve been there and done that in my time, but in hindsight, I didn’t gain anything positive from having been drunk. And any additional “fun” I might have had from having been a little buzzed is more than counterbalanced by the times that I continued to drink beyond that and ended up hating life the next day. Similarly, I don’t see marijuana use as a net positive outside of any potential medical benefits.

      1. I think that you missed an important part of this. Alcohol and marijuana affect people differently. Have you ever seen someone smoke a joint and get into a fight? I know dozens of people that use medical marijuana. They don’t leave their home to use it, it is something that they do in private. The majority are elderly. They don’t want to go to a doctor and deal with insurance, they just want some marijuana that helps with arthritis or other ailments. They pay out of pocket. People that use it daily have a tolerance. It is how they have been going about their day for decades. They are no less able than the people on anti-depressants.
        I had two soldiers working for me that I suspect were stoners. When the platoon would head for the bars on Friday night, these guys hung around in their barracks room, watched movies, played chess, and read books. I never had to fish them out of jail. They were always ready for work Monday morning. This was not the case with the rest of the platoon. I know several self made millionaires that are daily smokers. They don’t start their day with it but when they are done working they light up to relax.

        1. Have you ever seen someone smoke a joint and get into a fight?

          Literally throw the joint to the ground and start fighting? No. Smoke a joint or two, drink a beer or four and wind up getting into a fight? Absolutely.

          1. So weed makes people aggressive? Maybe they should stick to alcohol; it is a depressant and will make them mellow and then they sleep for a bit.

          2. Remove the “beer or four” and there’s no fight.

        2. Oh, puhleeze. I’ve had the misfortune of seeing more than two less than five people get stoned and get mean aggressive and Stoopid. Not as. Common as with etoh, certainly not ???? nheard of.

      2. The discussion is about whether the rules are reasonable.

        Sullum can go start his own Olympics or go fuck himself, his choice.

        The world has more than enough armchair assholes like Sullum ruining tackle football because of (un)reasonable rules.

    2. She knew. She admitted she knew. She did it anyway. It was a stupid decision which cost her dearly. We aren’t the Russians and can’t afford allegations of any kind of doping or substance violations on our Olympic teams.

    3. “HGH is fully legal and can be prescribed by any physician in the United States.”

      Well, sort of. It’s one of the very few drugs where off label use even with a prescription is banned. Unless you’re suffering from a diagnosed deficiency, or participating in a government approved research trial, the doctor could be prosecuted for writing that prescription.

      Just another instance where the practice of medicine has been warped for the convenience of professional sports.

  8. “The idea that Richardson needed “counseling” because of her perfectly understandable response to her mother’s death…”

    Using pot is an understandable response to a personal tragedy? Um, OK. It also is irrelevant.

    1. What is irrelevant?

  9. “Rules are rules,” he said on Saturday, and “everybody knows what the rules are going in.”

    And Joe knows about the necessity of following the rules. Well, for the little people at any rate. Not so much for the ruling class such as him.

    1. And Joe knows about the necessity of following the rules. Well, for the little people at any rate. Not so much for the ruling class such as him.

      Okay, so let’s look at how well the “ruling class” understands and knows the necessity of following rules:

      “You didn’t pay tax on the car or a company apartment. You used an apartment because you need an apartment because you have to travel too far where your house is

      “You didn’t pay tax. Or education for your grandchildren. I don’t even know. Do you have to? Does anybody know the answer to that stuff?”

      1. Let’s remind everyone that Joe and Jill Biden make their tax records public without question whenever requested.

        1. And why shouldn’t they, when they have lifetime “I’m important!” cards, that get you out of being prosecuted for any crimes they reveal? And most media outlets in the tank for them, so anything embarrassing won’t be reported near an election?

  10. What is the problem here, she shouldn’t be eligible to be in the Olympics if Sullum and the rest of the trans affirming whack jobs had their way. Give them what they demand and push it to the logical conclusion of dropping the mens/women’s categories entirely in order to be more “inclusive” and suddenly she’s nowhere near qualifying…problem solved.

    1. Give them what they demand and push it to the logical conclusion of dropping the mens/women’s categories entirely in order to be more “inclusive” and suddenly she’s nowhere near qualifying…problem solved.

      I’m skeptical of allowing trans individuals to compete in women’s sports, but allowing that is hardly equivalent to doing away with separate men’s and women’s categories entirely. That’s hyperbole, at best.

      1. Not really hyperbole, more argumentum ad absurdum.

        If you follow their oft stated logic, gender is merely a social construct, and a continuum at that. Also, the civil rights act bans discrimination based on gender, which allows The courts to insist that trans athletes be allowed in womens sport.

        But the same interpretations also logically imply that you cannot ban anyone based on gender.

        And in fact, this is where many of them are… Sort of. NPR has a scientist who helped the NCAA develop their policy on trans athletes.

        She says:

        You know, it’s interesting because in the field of sports, there’s a long history of discrimination that targets women that look different. Again, the science of whether testosterone in real life is actually providing an advantage in competition is not clearly established. But more disturbingly is that all these rules at the elite level have affected women — not all women, but women with a Y chromosome. And often, it’s triggered by women who look different.

        Yup, as NPR trumpets, there is no scientific basis for separate men’s and women’s categories.

        https://www.npr.org/2021/03/18/978716732/wave-of-new-bills-say-trans-athletes-have-an-unfair-edge-what-does-the-science-s

        1. Good. And then the dykes at USA soccer can quit complaining about unequal pay.

          1. The women will stop complaining when they are compensated equally for doing the same job the men are doing, only better. The women’s team wins. The men lose, but take home more money. It’s hardly equitable.

            1. And the women’s team lost to a high school boys team.

              Less sarcastic: the women played under a contract they negotiated separately from the men. And whether or not women win, sponsors and spectators have the freedom to decide who they want to watch (and spend money on).

            2. You have been around long enough to know that this is not true. The particulars of that case have been thoroughly laid out for everyone to see. It is an unmitigated lie to claim what you claim. I know you have seen the details of why what you say is a lie, right here on these pages.

              So why would you repeat a lie again and again like that?

              1. For those who have not followed the topic

                https://youtu.be/Z59Dk2JIcs0

            3. “The women will stop complaining when they are compensated equally for doing the same job the men are doing, only better.”

              And they’ll be so compensated, when they start DOING the same job the men are doing. Basically the whole pay differential goes away once you control for the job, and time worked.

    2. So maybe they should get rid of the men/women thing in the Oly’s and have mass starts etc for ALL sexes or genders or what evers? I will watch that. Imagine a hammer throw guy against a 4’6″ gymnast? Now that is sport.

      1. I wanna watch the deadlift guys on the uneven bars. And the gymnasts in the wrestling competition. (Actually, I think that’s already available on Pornhub.) Watching the synchronized swimmers do the water polo event should be interesting too.

  11. Stupid rules which didn’t affect her performance at all. Even if it did it would affect her performance negatively. The World Code is idiotic in that it bans legal substances that do not enhance performance.

  12. “Rules are rules,”

    Hey, Joe with all due respect, go to hell and take your crackhead son with you. Joe not only did you protect your son, you also stood by and watched as Obama violated every American’s 4th Amendment rights. So apply your same logic to yourself or fuck off.

    1. Not about politics, so curb your rancor. She violated, she’s out. Equal treatment for all.

  13. “Rules are rules,”[Biden] said

    Now do fire Kamala Harris.

  14. Holy shit! I actually agree with Biden on something.

  15. Hundreds of soldiers are tossed out of the military every year for pissing hot. It is only wrong when a funky haired black woman with a whimsical name is caught.

    1. She’s really good; let’s not pretend that’s not important. Stars ordinarily get protected in sports.

      1. Yeah, just look at stars like Mark McGuire or Jose Canseco or Sammy Sosa or Barry Bonds or Marion Jones or Lance Armstrong. Look at Pete Rose.

        I’m with Talcum X on this, Ta’challa Richardson can shove her ‘etlite’ status up her ass. Joe Biden can too.

        1. 1. Those guys were taking PEDs, not engaging in prohibited / disreputable off-field behavior (plus, the mashers were famously never punished during their careers). Not comparable.

          2. Pete Rose wasn’t a star anymore, he was a manager. Nobody cares about coaches, and besides what he was doing may have directly affected the outcome of a game. So again, not comparable.

        2. I’m with Talcum X on this, Ta’challa Richardson can shove her ‘etlite’ status up her ass. Joe Biden can too.

          My comment was about the broader reaction; I’m in agreement with USOC’s actions myself. If you think we’re having this conversation if the principal is a relay team alternate then I don’t know what to tell you.

      2. She’s really good at something only about ten people care about. Most of us can make the same claim.

        1. More than 10 people care but, the majority of them, as well as many who don’t care about the specific endeavor, aren’t as stupid as Sullum and recognize that being good enough to broadly except yourself from the rules doesn’t make you good, or better, it just undermines the whole concept of fair competition.

          1. It also devalues the other team members’ contributions, which are made within the rules through hard work and determination.

  16. “But since Biden opposes that change and Democratic legislators who favor legalization are not making a serious effort to attract Republican support, it seems unlikely that will happen anytime soon.”

    So why did Sullum campaign for Biden/Harris during the past year (and defame Trump daily for the past five years) when he knew Biden greatly increased the nonsensical, disastrous and racist War on Drugs during the past 4 decades?

    Seems like Sullum has been campaigning to maintain the War on Drugs (by campaigning for prohibitionists Biden and Harris), while claiming otherwise to Reason readers.

    1. “So why did Sullum campaign for Biden/Harris during the past year (and defame Trump daily for the past five years) when he knew Biden greatly increased the nonsensical, disastrous and racist War on Drugs during the past 4 decades?”

      TDS

      1. Answer: Sullum did not campaign for Biden/Harris.

        1. Just because you’re to stupid to realize something doesn’t make it so.

  17. Can we just be done with the Olympics? Forever?

    1. Ken Shultz has been writing a lot in the past few days about MLB and other sports giving up on requiring proof of a cable subscription to stream their games online.

      Olympics coverage is still pulling the cable subscription required shit. It would be glorious if the Olympics were free to watch again. I miss the days of Jim McKay and “The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat”. ABC, back in the day, knew how to do great coverage Olympics, drawing the viewer into the athlete’s personal stories.

      1. Fuck the Olympics – WAY too many bullshit subjective sports now.

        Plus the USA uses them in the same way the Soviet Union did back in the day. “Hey, we in the political class are shitting all over you, but look, we won more medals than anyone! Isn’t it great to be an American?”

        Again, fuck the Olympics.

        1. Just curious: are you old enough to remember watching ABC’s Wide World of Sports covering the Olympics? This was, like, the 1970s.

          1. The
            Thrill of Victory and
            The Agony of Defeat.

            1. Whoever the copy writer is who came up with that was a genius.

  18. The governing bodies are at least semi-private organizations. The US governing body has to conform to the World body rules when choosing a team because the Olympics are an international competition. That marijuana is legal in her state is not relevant to this decision, this is not a legal matter.

    It is fascinating that a nongovernmental organization punishing someone for using pot raises such ire and complaining from Reason when people who complain about being censored for speech by social media are told to suck it up by the writers here. It shows what the priorities are. Just give the staff their soma and they are content.

    1. Especially given the fact that the USADA publishes a list of banned substances and Richardson’s specific substance was on it and has been for decades. As opposed to social media’s banning of truth and calls for peace because, you know, internal policies that they uncovered/novelly interpretted while reviewing one specific person/post/video. It’s the ‘open borders’ argument, they don’t really want open borders, they just want no rules for one set of people without changing the current set of “rules” governing everyone else.

    2. Mickey Rat:

      I agree.

    3. Reason writers have been critical of social media for shutting down certain points of view, while also supportive of a private company’s ultimate right to engage in whatever speech it chooses.

      They haven’t been foaming at the mouth critical like Tucker Carlson or other right-wing critics of social media “censorship”.

  19. Puritans gotta punish.

  20. “Rules are rules,” he said on Saturday, and “everybody knows what the rules are going in.”

    Nobody who has government-granted immunity of any sort has the moral right to say that.

    1. Thank heavens he’s not violating international law by dropping bombs in Syria to “protect our troops” who are illegally occupying a portion of a sovereign country against their wishes.

      But rules are rules. Sometimes.

  21. The headline is terrible. As the article states, she had “a good shot” at winning gold. She is not unbeatable. And there was no prejudice as the headline indicates and even the article doesn’t reference prejudice.

    I guess just trying to click-bait.

    1. The prejudice the headline is referring to is marijuana vs. alcohol, not racial prejudice.

  22. Private organization Sullum. Why you bitching?

    1. When private organizations do stupid things, it’s perfectly reasonable to call them out as being stupid, even if it’s entirely within their rights to be stupid.

      1. Unfortunately, he fails to make a good argument for these rules being stupid.

        It’s perfectly reasonable for a private organization to prohibit marijuana use when many of its customers don’t like marijuana being used or promoted.

  23. I would like to praise Sullum here (unlike Boehm in a recent commentary on this same case) for avoiding the false claim that marijuana is legal anywhere in the US.

    This article is how you argue against stupid rules, not by falsifying reality.

    1. You appeal to change the rules based on their validity, not first violate the rules and then try to mount a pity appeal. Hoping she applies this lesson to her life instead of continuing to disregard rules which are inconvenient for her.

  24. I agree that this should not be a rule, and that the federal government should do something to legalize or at least decriminalize marijuana, but it was a well known rule, and she didn’t just break it once. You can get over the counter drug tests, and see if you hit that detectable limit, and one joint after momma’s funeral isn’t going to trigger that a week later. And if you did get a detect 3 days later, well then do your “juice cleanse” or whatnot till you are clean. Marijuana can be detectable for over a month, but that is for people who smoke frequently, not just once in a blue moon. And since runners don’t have much fat, a small dose once would be unlikely to do what she said it did. Like people who fail a test and say it was “second hand” smoke, Please…. And if you smoke a joint the night before you take a drug test, well then you have a problem. Her trainer no doubt knew of her habit and really dropped the ball on advising her on how to avoid a very predictable suspension. Too bad for the USA though, as this girl is as fast as lightning.

  25. You have to be smarter than completely stupid.

    Prejudice?
    What prejudice? Against her? All athletes are tested the same. Against marijuana? It is banned. Legality means nothing at all. And it is not legal federally or in many other countries. And for international competition it is banned.

    Many substances are banned yet legal. Your entire article is destroyed by one tiny fact.

    The Olympic standard for marijuana is… ten times more lenient than workplace testing. You have to be blazing to fail.

    Her mother’s death? Hmmmm. She was informed by a reporter. Sounds like she had no relationship with the woman. Or her family. Not a reason to destroy your career. Imagine your family member passing away and the first you hear of it is from a reporter.

    You know what intentionally failing a test would do for her? Spare her the embarrassment of losing. Or not even getting bronze. This way she gets three more years of sponsorships. And now she has sympathy and outrage boosting those contracts. And her only professional achievement now is making headlines due to her hair, fingernails, and eyelashes. And failing a lenient drug test.

    Investigative journalism is dead, isn’t it? But pedo movies are not, so Sullum remains employed.

  26. All that matters to me is that if she won, she would face the American flag proudly during the national anthem. And by national anthem, I mean the “Star-Spangled Banner”, not “lift every voice and sing”.

  27. When you agree to participate, you agree to the rules, that means you are subject to the rules. Get over it, you are not special.

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  29. Drug prohibition hurts minorities in radically left, woke political climate. Who could have seen that coming?

  30. THC is a bronchodilator. Many “hobby joggers” (folks who compete in local road races) take edibles or smoke a joint a hour or two before the race. This is why it is illegal in Track and Field..mostly for the benefit around middle distance races. No she did not smoke pot for this effect…and it was long enough before her race that it didn’t make any difference. Credit to this young women who came forward and admitted to smoking pot (unlike so many track and field starts who “ate contaminated meat from a food truck which just so happened to have a high amount of EPO/Steroids). But the rules are the rules…she is out.

  31. A rule is a rule. Biden’s right…why are we always looking to get around the rules when they interfer with the supposedly majority opinion. You don’t like ’em? Then change the rules or laws…there’s always a path to do so….maybe will make law makers put more thought into making the laws in the first place!

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