Earlier in June, it was reported that Brianna McNeal was the subject of tampering with the doping process; and as a result was banned for five years in the Olympics. But now it was revealed that she got an abortion and the athlete reportedly was recovering from the treatment. She was provisionally suspended in January for missing out on the drug test, but she was still allowed to compete at the trials where she qualified – she finished in second place.
The 2016 Rio Olympics winner will not be defending her Olympic title and will have to miss the next two Summer Games.
She tried to get appeal her ban and get it repealed but was unsuccessful.
McNeal decided to hand over documentation about her abortion, but she changed the date of her procedure by one whole day; which led to the accusation that she was tampering.
McNeal said World Athletics criticized her reaction to having an abortion in 2020.
When Brianna McNeal said that she was so traumatized that she confused the date on the procedure; the organization pressed her on her social media posting and she competed in the following weeks afterward.
Investigators also criticized her for not seeking a psychiatrist if she was coping with depression.
“I told them, ‘Oh, really? For me, growing up in the Black community, that’s how we cope with everything; we go to church and we talk to our pastor or spiritual adviser,” she said. “I just feel like they have not been compassionate at all.”
As a Christian, McNeal said she felt guilty for having an abortion, and she was more devastated when the Olympics got suspended until 2021. Black Entreprise Reports.