This is how the sports world failed when three Black women needed help.
Sha’Carri Richardson, Brianna McNeal and Naomi Osaka were barred from competition or fined after choosing how to handle their health. Experts say the system isn’t built for them.
Sha’Carri Richardson, a star sprinter, smoked marijuana as she processed news of her biological mother’s death.
Brianna McNeal, a 2016 Olympic champion, didn’t answer her door in the days she physically and emotionally recovered from an abortion.
Naomi Osaka, the world’s number two tennis star, declined media interviews to protect her mental health.