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Sha’Carri Richardson

Sha’Carri Richardson

Ms. Richardson was disqualified after the Olympic trials, suspended for 30 days, because traces of marijuana were found in her obligatory drug testing. She could have run in the relays, beyond the 30 days, but the Olympic committee decided not to include her.

The marijuana rule is archaic, and it is legal to use it in the state in which she smoked it. However, she did know the rule (you can sue to overturn a law, but not a non-legal “rule”) and she clearly knew there was a strong chance she’d be caught.

But the most impressive aspect of all of this is that she has said publicly that she knew the rule, knew she broke the rule, and she will live with the consequences. What she did is “on her” and her accountability.

Now, that’s a role model perhaps greater than winning a couple of sprints in the Olympics. We need a lot more of her class and her attitude.

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

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