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Ok this is going to be quite controversial because it touches on the subject of mental health in one’s professional life, but on the other hand drawing the line in the interest of fairness to other participants in a game. One camp says “She knew the rules, she broke the rules, end of discussion.” The other says “But certain situations like Richardson’s need to evoke a sense of compassion and nuance that at best cause a reevaluation of the rule itself,” what camp do you belong?

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Jeez. This is a ruthless group of people. She smoked a little weed after her Mom passed away!
Has anyone here lost a parent at a young age? Oh and imagine that happening a week before an incredibly important and stressful event. And - to top it all - imagine hearing the news from a media reporter, a complete stranger, during a public appearance.

Athletes are human. Governments, courts, agencies, companies, make exceptions all the time for many white men all the time. This young woman has a superhuman talent. What is there to gain here?
Why not use this as an opportunity to modify the rule? THC is not a performance enhancing drug in any way. If anything it probably detracts from her performance.

All systems - especially rule making systems - should learn and adapt. That’s why we have appeals processes in courts. Why not apply the same principle here?
Everyone agrees this is a moronic outcome. What exactly is stopping the Olympic committee from changing it except a rigid and archaic stance?? Who exactly is going to protest and call it unfair?

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I think the rules for weed should be changed. But I agree with most people on here that she broke a known rule and has to live with the consequence.

However no one has brought up that the Olympic team coaches could have still picked her for the relay (outside the 30 day ban), but they didn’t as they’d already told the 6 athletes that would be on that team and didn’t think it would be fair to them to remove one. At first I thought this was dumb. I was a college swimmer and the fastest people usually always get relay spots. My husband who played hockey in college disagreed. She broke the rules and let her whole team down, that is not being a team player - so why should she be given favoritism when she blew her own opportunity?

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While I see you point, if you think of her time as a disqualification she would still be ineligible for a relay even with swimming logic. I agree with your husband on the part of a bad teammate too.

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Don’t smoke weed when you’re not supposed to. End of story.

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It's federally illegal. So no one in US should. Not everything is so black and white as you make it. If you know your going to get drug tested then it was a dumb choice no doubt. The conversation on whether the rule is fair or not is irrelevant. People have control of their actions and should understand the potential consequences of them.

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Rules are rules, but who are the privileged ones that dictate right and wrong?

There are repeated examples throughout history of progress being made only because unjust rules and laws were challenged. Anyone who think"rules are rules" *period* doesn't understand systemic dynamic and inequities.

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She broke the rules, applying rules selectively defeats the purpose of them.

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I’m generally a rules are rules person and I’m not well informed on this one but if this is just for marijuana, then it’s silly. Marijuana isn’t performance enhancing certainly for a sprinter and honestly should just be legalized.

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Anything that negates a negative can still be a positive. Weed can be performance enhancing if it calms the anxiety for top competitions like the trials, may help to not false start, aid in recovery, etc. Also, agree with all others mentioning this is a worldwide event and drug testing regulation, this is not a US regulation. The olympics are in Japan, typically a 5 yr prison sentence for weed, the rest of the world will need to be convinced still.

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The rules are the rules but the rules need to be reevaluated. I was pulling for her to somehow make it through and appreciated how she owned up to it. But she and nobody should be surprised by the outcome and you can’t selectively apply rules, especially those around doping.

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It’s a prohibited substance under the World Doping Agency. It is prohibited under the anti-doping rules. The anti-doping rules would need to be changed to allow athletes to use it.

Is it steroids or anything like that? No. Does it fall under the purview of anti-doping organizations and rules? Yes.

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The lazy takes are annoying and don’t actually engage the article which is superbly written.

She hasn’t protested anything. She smoked weed after finding out her mother passed away in the middle of an interview. A lot of you on this app do coke and haven’t dealt with a 1% of the trauma this woman has. People find ways to cope and manage life when things go left.

The bigger discussion is mental health and the measures we take to manage our wellness

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2nd camp. Please let a black athlete shine for once. I didn’t smoke anything when my Mom passed away but I was shaken for months after the event.

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I just wish athletes like Duncan Robinson and Greyson Allen would move out of the way so the unknown players like Kevin Durant and Lebron James could get some of the spotlight.

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I’m in both camps, dumb rule, but she knew the rule and we are accountable for our actions. Really dumb risk to take when you’ve trained your entire life for this moment

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Well someone posted an article asking for an opinion so people are giving them. I also don’t really understand your example and it’s relevance

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Rules are antiquated and should be changed, but still the rules. Drug tests weren’t a surprise with known repercussions with the use of a banned substance.

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I’m of the mindset that she knew the rules and still broke them. However, while I don’t think an exception needs to be made in her case, I do think that some of the rules need to be reviewed and reconsidered moving forward. Marijuana doesn’t enhance one’s ability.

In other instances, there are females (XX) that aren’t being allowed to compete bc their natural testosterone levels are above the threshold, but a male (XY) is allowed to compete as a woman bc their testosterone level is below the threshold.

All this to say that some of rules and guidelines don’t make sense in practice.

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Remember when Michael Phelps was ripping bong hits at the UNC frat house?

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Yup. And… it was out of competition (weed is legal out of competition according to WADA). He was suspended by USA swimming for 3 months for that even though he didn’t have a positive doping test because he violated their code of conduct. They also temporarily removed his funding.

I’m on the the rules side since it’s the olympic and i’m sure athletes know they will be tested. If she really wanted to go, she could’ve smoked afterwards instead of putting her and her trainers at risk with disqualification.

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Something something Michael phelps

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Professional athlete outside of consulting (yes, I have 0 time in my life). I have to sign all sorts of anti doping contracts all the time. By signing, she agreed to the terms. And, she knew the rules and the consequences for violating them. The suspension for 30 days is fair. That 30 day suspension likely was a compassionate one.

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I agree with This sentiment. It’s like us we sign and do dumb shit we are held accountable

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I don’t think those two are mutually exclusive. I think she broke the rule and has to sit out accordingly, but the rule itself is out of touch and needs to be reconsidered/removed entirely.

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The time to challenge whether the rules are fair is not after you’ve broken them

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She broke the rules, period.

There could be a number of reasons this action was taken.

My personal opinion is that marijuana should be legalized, HOWEVER, I wouldn't want my child/community accepting the fact that you can smoke weed and be an Olympic athlete. Olympic athletes are public figures and especially influencial to younger athletes.

In summary, I think this was the correct action and a strong statement by Olympic officials

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Both are true. She broke the rules, but it wasn’t a performance enhancing drug.

Fine for her to be punished, but also fine for people to use this case to question the rules.

Again, doesn’t have to be either/or-can be both/and

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She broke the rules. Any elite athlete in an Olympic sport knows all about drug tests and what you can/can’t take, and when you can/can’t take it.

Also, my nihilist point of view says that the only reason people care this much is because it’s a woman of color. If this was an Asian man or a white dude, feel like people would just switch sides of the argument 🤷🏽

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