The suspension, which took effect on June 28, nullified her women’s 100-meter victory in the Olympic qualifiers at the U.S. Track and Field Trials in Oregon. And this rendered the 21-year-old unable to compete at her first-ever Olympics in Tokyo despite qualifying.
In the wake of her suspension, however, Richardson has received an outpouring of support from fellow athletes and fans alike. And recently joining her cluster of supporters is cannabis vaping company Dr. Dabber.
According to TMZ, the company has tabled a $250,000 offer to the sprinter to become an ambassador – otherwise known as one of its “resident doctors.” In an open letter to the sprinter on July 13, the company said they were “saddened to learn” of her suspension and her inability to compete at the Tokyo Olympics as a result, adding that they “believe THC [Tetrahydrocannabinol] can actually have many positive effects on an athlete’s recovery and overall mental wellbeing.”
“Witnessing what you’re capable of in the Olympic trials, and how fabulous you looked while doing it, proved your star-power and ability to command the country’s attention,” the letter continued.
“Considering your talent and grace over these past few weeks, we would love to offer you the opportunity to work with our team as a spokesperson for Dr. Dabber. This entails testing our award-winning electronic dab rigs and vape pens as a resident ‘doctor.’”
The company then went ahead to table the $250,000 offer, adding that they are open to further discuss the proposal. It is, however, unclear if Richardson has responded to the offer.
Following her suspension, which she accepted, Richardson said she used the banned drug as a coping mechanism after she learned about the death of her biological mother while she was competing in Oregon, The New York Times reported.
“It sent me into a state of emotional panic,” she said in an interview at the time. “I didn’t know how to control my emotions or deal with my emotions during that time.”