WHITE House press secretary Jen Psaki has said keeping Sha'Carri Richardson off the Olympic relay team "stinks."

The Democrat said: "It does stink…and I don’t think there’s a better definition of it."

Richardson was left out of the 4×100 relay team it was announced on Tuesday. That came after she tested positive for THC.

Psaki appeared on CNN on Wednesday telling the network: "And you know, she’s someone – as an Olympic-obsessed person myself, I know the president watches closely – who is inspiring, she had lost her mother, she had gone through a tragedy, and she’s also the fastest woman in the world.

"And I think she is sending a message to a lot of little girls out there: You can do this. And so it’s sad to see this be the end.

"It’s not the end, I should say, it’s maybe the beginning of her story."

Psaki added: "We know the rules are where they are, maybe we should take another look at them.

"We certainly have to respect the role of the US anti-doping agency and the US Olympic committee and their decisions they make.

"But it is sad and we do wish her luck and look forward to seeing her running as the fastest woman in the world for years to come."

After testing positive for THC, the chemical found in marijuana, Richardson was given a one-month suspension, which disqualified her from participating in individual Olympic events.

There was still some hope that she'd be picked for the relay, though, as it is set to take place after her suspension ends.

However, a roster released by USA Track and Field on Tuesday does not include the athlete.


Biden had said "rules are rules" when asked about the decision to ban Richardson from competing in the 100-meter race.

The president told reporters: “Rules are rules.”

"The rules are the rules and everybody knows of the rules going in," Biden said.

"Whether they should remain the rules is a different issue, but the rules are the rules. … But I was really proud of the way she responded.”

Richardson's suspension led to a huge amount of backlash after she won the 100-meter dash at the Olympic trials.

Richardson ran 100 meters in 10.86 seconds in Oregon last month. The run, however, has been provisionally scrubbed from the record books.

Shortly after her suspension, the athlete took to Twitter to thank everyone who supported her and said she should be able to compete and slam those who criticized her.

The athlete also disclosed during an interview with the Today Show that she used marijuana after being "triggered" by the recent death of her mother.

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