Marion Jones is in Prison. Don’tcha Feel Safe?

That was the punchline of a joke that Chris Rock made when I recently saw him at the Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida. It came at the end of a classic Rock anti-terrorism, pro-steroids rant about the ongoing athletic witch hunt. The crowd roared with laughter, and Chris Rock got his overall point across — that the government should be spending its time finding terrorists and investigating more serious crimes than steroid abuse by athletes. The punchline lingered with me. Remember Marion Jones in her prime? Wow. During the 2000 Sydney Olympics, she won five gold medals and I know I’m not the only one who was a fan of hers. She was a larger than life Olympic heroine.

I bet she never in a million years thought she would be a punchline. I bet she never dreamed she’d wind up broke, shamed, and serving a prison sentence.

Marion Jones cheated and lied. After years of denial, she admitted it. Now she’s pleading for a commutation of her six month prison sentence.

Top ranking track and field official Doug Logan opposed her request in a strongly worded letter to the President, which partially reads as follows:

To reduce Ms. Jones’ sentence or pardon her would send a horrible message to young people who idolized her, reinforcing the notion that you can cheat and be entitled to get away with it,” Logan continues. “A pardon would also send the wrong message to the international community. Few things are more globally respected than the Olympic Games, and to pardon one of the biggest frauds perpetuated on the Olympic movement would be nothing less than thumbing our collective noses at the world.”

Despite it all, I do feel sorry for Marion Jones. I look at the images of her crying before the cameras, and still remember this, when she held the world in her palm (while rocking some fly cornrows, I might add). I wonder what this year’s fine crop of female Olympians think of the mess she’s in. Do athletes look at admitted steroids users as scum of the earth, or in the back of their minds do they feel a twinge of sympathy?

I wonder what will happen to Marion Jones, when she’s eventually released. What do you do, when you’ve destroyed your own life and you have to start over again?

I’d love to hear your opinion on Marion Jones. Is Doug Logan right? Or do you think her sentence should be commuted?

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  1. The olympics was tarnished the moment they agreed to have China host them. this quote is pure BS:

    “A pardon would also send the wrong message to the international community. Few things are more globally respected than the Olympic Games, and to pardon one of the biggest frauds perpetuated on the Olympic movement would be nothing less than thumbing our collective noses at the world.”

    I do hope that Marion Jones’ sentence is able to be commuted….she has been punished enough for believing wholeheartedly in the American ethos
    Winning is Everything.

    As for the athletes on their way to Beijing for this year’s Olympics, I’m sure some of them are doping and confident that the Marion Jones story arc will elude them. Some people value winning more than integrity.

  2. I’m sure her relay team members that are being asked to return their medals think of her as the scum of the earth.
    Once she faced steroid allegations with Tim Montgomery, Jones looked like “the one” to me. She distanced herself from her first husband when he was caught juicing. Way too coincidental for me that her next SO would also be using steroids. She is the common denominator. And she is also faced with check fraud charges. I think McDonalds paid her really well. Why is she passing phony checks?
    Just another criminal as far as I’m concerned. My sympathies to her little boy.

  3. No, her sentence should not be commuted. She committed perjury and lied for YEARS about not using steroids AND she passed bad checks. Plus, keep in mind, she’s only 4 months into a 6 month TOTAL sentence. She got a slap on the wrist, stripped of all her individual and team medals (along with her teammates, who did NOT use steroids). She needs to shut up and sit down and finish serving her sentence. I do NOT feel sorry for her one bit, she knew exactly what she was doing. Feel bad for her child. We need someone like Flo-Jo to get people excited about track again.

  4. To allow her sentence to be commuted would indeed make light of the issue at hand. She made her bed. Now she has to lie in it. Besides, six months, while I know must feel like an eternity to her since she is away from her child, in reality, is not as long as it MIGHT have been.

    I do agree with Chris Rock, however, in that the federal government has better things to do than to be going on this steroids witch hunt in all sports. Like Tallulah so wonderfully put, America has a “winning is everything” attitude. As a sports fan, I can admit to being one who wants to put certain athletes on pedastals when they are seemingly on top of the world. So it does not surprise me when it is found that they are cheating to get there.

    Marion Jones will write a book when she gets out of jail and will make money because she wil discuss her rise and fall and she will go on a book tour and gain popularity again with her “don’t let this happen to you” tale.

  5. texasladybird says:

    I do think Marion should be punished for lying. She had ample time to confess and if it had been my choice to make, I would have commuted her sentence just for being honest.

    But while woman/children in Dunbar Village are scared to leave their homes for fear of physical and sexual assault, the government has time to see if atheletes are juicing.

    I think an issue like this should be handled by the leagues (NFL, NBA, NHL, etc).

    The governemt has a “what about teh children?” mindset that is starting to bother the hell out of me.

  6. I feel for her, but I also have to cast a side eye on our government. Real educational solutions? No. Assistance for struggling parents? No. But keep athletes in prison for the sake of our kids? I think there are a lot more fish to fry for the sake of American children.

  7. Walkamileinhershoes says:

    i think what she did was wrong, however, i question why “other” people have not been investigated like she has been…
    in the end, i believe she will redeem herself and give back to the community producing more athletes whom she will warn and serve as an example to just do their best without
    ‘enhancements’ it’s just a damn shame how it seems as if they are kicking her when she is already down!
    it reminds me of the Vanessa Williams photo scandal back in the 80′s…look at her now? is she and “A-lister”…not quite, but she for damn sure ain’t broke and she is doing what she loves…if you should read this, Marion, keep your head up, serve your time and when you get out, just do better!

  8. This may sound bad but I am going to say it.. There is unbalance in the justice system, when it comes to blacks and whites. What are the justices sending to children when they let khloe Karshidan, Lindsay Lohan, etc, etc, off of their DUI charges. Last time I checked DUI could mean loss lives, whereas Jones cheated by taking steriods. I am not saying what she did wasnt bad but her sentenced could be reduced she has 2 kids. They could use the excuse that the jail is too full. Its always that the book is thrown at black people in general. I just dont get it..

  9. This may sound bad but I am going to say it.. There is unbalance in the justice system, when it comes to blacks and whites. What is the message that the justices are sending to children when they let khloe Karshidan, Lindsay Lohan, etc, etc, off of their DUI charges. Last time I checked DUI could mean loss lives, whereas Jones cheated by taking steriods. I am not saying what she did wasnt bad but her sentenced could be reduced she has 2 kids. They could use the excuse that the jail is too full. Its always that the book is thrown at black people in general. I just dont get it..

  10. Stephie says:

    To answer your question about what to do after Ms. Jones has messed her life up. I believe she should do what we all should after we have made a mistake, she should hold her head up high and move on from this by starting over, a person should never stay down after a fall, GET UP and try again!!!

  11. She can cry her crocodile tears; but I don not feel sorry for her. She made millions and took away someone else’s golden moment(s) by being a cheat who kept lying about it. She should be duly punished. That said, Chris Rock has a point; the efforts of the government are somewhat misdirected.

  12. She should finish her sentence and then get her life back in order. Maybe she cna create and organization that turns young athletes away from steroid use. I watched a documentary on the East German doping program in the 70′s/80′s and the ravages on the female body were horrific.

    Steroid abuse is no joke and Marion Jones is only one of many.

  13. I don’t feel sorry for her at all. Why should anyone feel sorry for her? A criminal is still a criminal whether it’s petty theft or crashing planes into buildings and killing thousands.

  14. nolagirl says:

    I think if Lidnsey Lohan can be in jail for HOURS after chasing down 2 people on a cocaine binge and Khloe Kardashian, and Nicole Richie can be in jail for HOURS for breaking the law because Jails are to overcrowded why do they have room for Marion Jones for all 6 months ( yes its not that long, but its longer than 1/2 a day)
    what she did was wrong, but I think she had a lot of people behind her clouding her judgment encouraging her to lie and making her feel initially that she needed to take steroids.
    Its wrong, but I think that drinking and driving is more serious and that should be the message sent out to ” the children” so fix everything or make everything the same, I can easily go drink and drive, but steroids only affect a few children, and Marion Jones did not have the possibility of hitting people in a large vehicle while doped up.

  15. There are many athletes liker her around. Many have not been caught. Just think what the coaches tell them. I believe many of the coaches need to be taken into account too. If you look up uk athlete Dwain Chambers he was banned for 2 yrs and given a lifetime ban to represent the uk in the olympics. Apparently only the uk and china have a lifteime olympic ban rule. He served his time and now is running drug free and still beating athletes younger than him. He appealed the lifetime ban and lost.

    I do believe everyone should pay for their crimes but people need to be given chances. Otherwise our youth will just feel that if they do bad they cannot do good in other people’s eyes.

    Marion Jones problem was believing her coach and then lying when the truth was presented to her.

  16. Oh poor Marion – this is ridiculous. She didn’t kill anybody, she didn’t run over anybody. Chris Rock made a good point.

    Couldn’t they just have fined a few million dollars or something? Oh well – I suppose even Martha Stewart went to jail.

  17. I do feel sorry for her. Why do black folk forget that whenever we do wrong we always get harshest punishment!! My advice is don’t do nothing wrong that is going to bite you on the behind later on. Especially in the public eye.

  18. Shantise says:

    Yes, Marion is wrong for lieing. If she thought something was wrong in the begining then she should have got out and got help. But personally, I dont like how the doctors, trainers and coachs dont get flaunted around in public. If she and the team has to deal wtih the same so should they. Also, I dont think they should strip the teams of the metals. The rest of the team does not deserve that treatment.This stuff happened years ago, just change it in the history books. Besides the governement is going to it anyway.

    On the Bush adimistration, they love spending all of their time doing other things but doing things they should be doing. Steriod witch hunt, not doing things about Darfur and Katrina victims are great examples of this. They still hhavent found Ossama.

  19. I feel sorry for her. I don’t know why so much emphasis is placed on sports anyways. To people who are not participating, athletes are just entertainers no different from actors, musicians, or circus performers. Its just entertainment. She tried to be what society (unfortunately) says is important, but the only way she could get to the top was by taking steroids. I wish young people would strive less to be athletes and more for education and jobs that better society. Then all of this wouldn’t be happening.

  20. Bebroma says:

    My heart goes out to her children, and because she was still nursing when she went into jail, I do feel sorry for her, because she missed out on a lot, things she probably didn’t have on her mind at all when she was running in the Olympics. I do feel she should pay for what she did, especially because other people had to suffer and turn in their medals. That being said, there is no question that there is an inequality of justice administration. We all know that. It is what it is, and it’s not fair.

    As far as it tarnishing the Olympics if her sentence is commuted…HAH! I totally agree with tallulah, having the Olympics in China tarnished it more than anything. Besides all the politics, the country does not have enough clean water to truly host this. Beijing is taking water from villages for this, and what are the poor villagers to do? That is just one of the many things that are happening behind the scenes for the Olympics to be in Beijing.

  21. HeavenLeiBlu says:

    Hell no, I don’t feel sorry for her. I agree that the gov’t should be looking into more important things, but she’s going to prison because she LIED, and did illegal things. The money laundering she was involved with and the choices she and her partners made to even make that sort of thing look promising is what I took the most issue with. Sit your behind in jail. Six months is not gonna kill her. Maybe she and others will think before doing stupid, ILLEGAL stuff next time. I can turn a blind eye to the steroid scandal, but the other criminal activity? No. I feel sorry for her babies, but it’s not their fault.

  22. Mrs.Mckinzie says:

    I say no to pardoning her.My sister spent four months away from her daughter who is no longer with us ,because she had to learn not to do things that will land you in jail. Marion needs to learn not to cheat,lie,and do drugs,.

  23. i do feel sorry for her, there are thousands of other things more important than a few athletes doping up, it’s their decision, their bodies, their taking steroids doesn’t effect me directly. what does effect me…kids who don’t get a proper education (thus dumbing down the workforce) b/c their to busy studying for tests like the FCAT (I’m from Miami), people who can’t afford health insurance b/c it’s not offered at their jobs or who have to pay an arm and a leg to recieve medical treatment…the money that went to prosecute a mother who had long retired from her career could’ve gone to alleviate any number of problems. it makes no sense! the governments priorities are all the way turned around…they need to do better.

  24. ChocolateOrchid says:

    I feel for her and her family. Yes, I do believe she should be and has been punished for what she did. I would think that she has received this punishment already by being stripped of the medals and having her image tarnished by the public knowing what she did. Is that not the worse thing that can happen to a major athlete?.. Fine her. Make her do community service. Therapy. Something. But imprisonment? C’mon… I feel like that is way too harsh.

    She should definitely start fresh once she gets out. In my opinion, she just got caught up as we all have done or will do w/anything at some point in our lives.

    Now I need them to focus on some true criminals.

  25. HeavenLeiBlu says:

    I think people are missing out on the fact that it’s not just the lying aboutjuicing that she’s in prison for; she’s also being punished for a check cashing/laundering scam. Josephina Q Public does time for this too, and usually more time. What’s so special about a celebrity that they can’t also be punished?

  26. Bebroma says:

    Actually, I agree, HeavenLeiBlu. What I do think is that too many women are in prison for nonviolent crimes. I do think that crime should be punished, but I have done a lot of reading on women in prison, and so often when they have children, a vicious cycle is started. Unlike a lot of women, Marion Jones probably doesn’t have to worry about (a) seeing her kids on visiting day, a lot of moms don’t get to; and (b) her kids going into the “system” because nobody else is there to take care of them. I think not just Marion, but all women who commit nonviolent crimes, need to be punished, but the reality is that when they have children, it can create even more problems for society in the long run when these women go into prison. I think other avenues could be looked into where the penalties would hopefully be stiff enough to be a deterrent but at the same time not cause bigger problems for everybody in the long run.

  27. chocopina says:

    As a former competitor of Marion I have to say that I do not feel sorry for her and do not feel her sentence should be communicated. She lied, straight up. And who knows how long she was on the drugs? For all I know she could have been using when we were competing (which was not recently mind you) and that upsets me. For all the athletes who work hard day in and day out to put out the best performances possible its a slap in the face for someone to have an unfair advantage. She blatantly lied repeatedly about drug use, this all could have been dealt with a long time ago.

  28. flygyrl72 says:

    Interesting that you should have this as a topic, Bella.

    Just got done reading an article/interview in this month’s ELLE mag, w/ Mariah on the cover. This chick named Kelly White who got banned for using steroids. She was a first class runner a few years ago. Ran in the same circles as Marion. And she really opens up & tells you how it progresses. She says that you’re doing the best you can naturally, but everyone else who’s winning is doping in some size, shape, or form, so if you don’t do it too, you’re not going to win, i.e. no recognition, no endorsements, no money, nada. And from what she’s saying, all the world-class track athletes are doing it in some type of way or other. There are a lotta substances that the commissions don’t even test for yet, so most people are still getting away with it.

    Not trying to justify what they’re doing, but, how can you be competitive clean if the playing field is already tilted in the favor of those who use pharmaceuticals to gain that extra edge? Unless they really crack down on people & get on everyone simultaneously, like several uniform sweeps, we’re just gonna keep on hearing about so & so getting busted, giving medals back, etc….

    I used to run track in high school & a bit in college, & trust, once you get in collegiate sports, it’s tough & the stakes get real high & people get caught up in winning.

    There’s no one easy answer. Check out the article if you get a chance. Or Google Kelli White & also, BALCO….

  29. She is being made an example of but what about the rest of these scum bag “celebs” who are out here breaking laws left and right, who decides who should be the ones to get away with stuff and who should be made to pay?

  30. I would prefer from her: a public apology, do some community service, give up some other things, a lifetime ban, and have her pay a fine. Yes, it is giving her the “Princess” treatment. I admit to being biased: I really like her. Even to have Martha Stewart serve time in jail was stupid.

    Putting people in jail is like what, $50,000+ per year? This is a waste of government resources. They always claim they never have enough money for a lot of other things.

    It makes me sick when I read about the number of rapists, robbers, and killers running around terrorizing neighborhoods. They need to be in jail. There are outstanding warrants for folks the state and federal governments aren’t looking for.

    Yet, the government needs for Marion to be in jail? Yeah, I feel safe. Silly stupid stuff.

  31. I think the general consensus to feel for Marion Jones would be compassion. To see this strong and athletic “Super Goddess” of an athlete reduced to apologies and tears just really makes me feel empathy for her. But six months is nothing to serve when you think about the lies upon lies and the lives and career’s that she has affected by her actions.

    You always wonder what pushes these “doping” athletes to the brink where they are willing to risk it all just to win.

  32. camilla says:

    i think it’s horrible that people are treating her like that, as if she’s the scum of the earth, because she took performance enhancing drugs and won 5 olympic gold medals because of it. As if none of you holier-than-thou people have ever lied in your life. I think she’s amazing, and i still do, because she had the courage to come out years later and admit that she took them, even though she would have gotten away scot-free if she didn’t. She ended up doing the right thing by admitting that she was taking performance enhancing drugs, and PLEASE, how many olympic athletes take drugs and go under the radar? Marion Jones did it, but she admitted it, and she lost her 5 gold medals. maybe she didn’t win them fair and square, but she sure as hell shouldn’t be going to jail for it. Why can’t anyone focus on the fact that she’s got more balls than anyone could ever have and for that she still deserves to be respected?

  33. mochachoc says:

    I can’t tell you the number of government and financial cheats who have got away with far more. Here in Britain our best hope of an Olympic gold in the 100 metres Dwayne Chambers has been banned from running in China. I think it is ridiculous. A prison sentence? Shame on America. Who decides which drugs are permissable or not. No athlete today is using pure natural power they all make use of the best nutritional, scientific, psychological advice they can afford. Isn’t that an unfair advantage. I say they should all use drugs. It would be interesting to see how far the human body could really be pushed. As for the moral high ground I don’t buy it. It seems to me the lesson learned is don’t admit to cheating.

  34. mochachoc says:

    Oh please! I can’t tell you the number of government and financial cheats who have got away with far more. Here in Britain our best hope of an Olympic gold in the 100 metres Dwayne Chambers has been banned from running in China. I think it is ridiculous. A prison sentence? Shame on America. Who decides which drugs are permissable or not? No athlete today is using pure natural power they all make use of the best nutritional, scientific, psychological advice they can afford. Isn’t that an unfair advantage. I say they should all use drugs. It would be interesting to see how far the human body could really be pushed. As for the moral high ground I don’t buy it. It seems to me the lesson learned is don’t admit to cheating.

  35. Mrs.Mckinzie says:

    Camilla we are not the ones who shot steroids in our keister to win a piece of gold.You should not try to insult us for our right to have an opinion.If you are so “in love” with her then you should do some of that hard time in jail for her.

  36. I think it’s only really a matter of who has been caught and who hasn’t been caught using performance enhancing drugs. I think prison is a bit harsh. Flo Jo was looking pretty hard by the end of her career and then just died while still a young and apparently healthy woman. It’s been going on for years and will continue, dragging one woman through the dirt won’t change anything

  37. edessedesigns says:

    Did I miss something? How does having the Olympics in China tarnish its reputation? Not being a smart ass, I just really don’t know …

  38. Margaret Cooley says:

    The problem for me is that she lied for so long to the media and in a legal inquiry.

    She has to pay the piper. And on the positive side she has freed herself from a huge burden. Carrying kind of lie is so damaging.

    She’ll be fine – she has people who love and support her.

  39. I think people are ignoring the fact that Marion was also found guilty of check fraud, not just steroids. Putting the steroids aside, do you still feel that 6 months time is too long?
    To me, the solution to making the justice system more equal does not include looking the other way for Black perpetrators to even the score.

    And addressing the steroids, by cheating, Marion stole glory, medals, not to mention endorsement money from the rightful winners. Every hustler will tell you a sob story about just trying to make it out.
    This outlook doesn’t make me holier than thou. Of course I’ve told lies in life. Some-I’ve gotten away with. The others – I had to deal with the consequences and so should Jones. It’s “holier than thou” to think she shouldn’t have to serve her time. She’s no better than me. And I’m pretty sure I’d go to jail for passing multiple bad checks.

  40. LBellatrix says:

    Wow. So expecting somebody to tell the truth is being holier-than-thou. *smh*

    So glad that I’m in the majority on this subject. My sympathy for Marion Jones ended when she confessed to lying. She’s lucky she only got six months. She’s lucky she only has two months left.

    Let me know when she gets out. (*not*)

  41. Winning is not everything…and even though I think Marion Jones should be punished for lying, I do not think its the government’s role to be concerned about role models for kids. That is for the parents to make those decisions. We don’t want to start the precedent for the government to make recommendations based on whether or not an athlete, politican, President, actor, teacher, doctor, lawyer makes good role models…people are people…there are good and bad people. Deny her request for another reason but not because of that…let’s call it what it is…they are trying to make an example of her based on race….and yes, pleas talk more about the check fraud and explain how that and the drugs/perjury are crimes but not her decisions=role model…

  42. China getting the Olympics, is seen by many as a huge fraud due the way the Chinese government has a way of muzzle-ing folks who speak openly about the Chinese government itself. It’s talked about on the regular as a country that openly violates the human rights of its citizens. The country lacks the ‘democracy’ of America. I say that with huge sarcasm because I feel our current “leader” is one the biggests thugs walking….and all he ever screams is that whatever he does (Iraq, Saddam, sanctions on various countries), it’s all for the betterment of the American society.

    Marion can kick rocks. White or black. Deosn’t matter. Check fraud is check fraud. It just so happens she got some medals that made her light shine a little brighter to the authorities. White folks and black folks get time every damn day for check kiting. She got what the judge said was needed and unless she is doing Fed time, she may get out sooner than the six monthes she was given due to good behavior.

    As far as the doping was concerned, she probably feels 600% better without that monkey on her back any longer. As a grown woman she had to know consequences if she got caught….she womaned up and told the truth. She f***ed up, but she knew what could happen.

    One minute of jail is too much for me, let alone 6 months, so I say she didn’t have anything to lose by asking for commutation, and I don’t blame her for trying. All they can say is no. She’s already humiliated herself, her family, and brought shame to her former teammates. Not to mention, learning a way to teach her kid(s) that her legacy is not predicated by her mistakes. She doesn’t have anything else to lose.

  43. nobody wins says:

    This is a particularly cautionary tale–guilt aside, what has happened to Marion Jones shows that she was never an American icon in the way that even Tiger Woods or the Williams sisters are, for black or other people. But at the time she was a photogenic black woman who won a lot of medals; how could she not receive endorsements, etc.? On what stated grounds would you look past her? But Jones never enjoyed the kind of mainstream popularity heaped upon–steroids aside–lesser athletes, so when it became apparent that she’d actually transgressed retribution was swift and harsh. I can’t recall any other public figure so thoroughly disgraced and cast out–America loves a comeback but particularly if the person is white. But then again, we also love to imprison our fellow citizens.

  44. I’m sorry guys, but I feel like this woman has suffered enough. This is a witch hunt pure and simple,just like with Michael Vick. Once you involve white people who have a self righteous anger about what black people are doing you get this.
    I think what’s wrong with the black race is that we don’t support each other, white people do which is why most white or non black athletes only get slaps on the wrist for behavior like this. Jose Conseco stated that he DID injections with Tobey Maguire and nothing happened to him, and we’re all ok with that because ….he’s white, and lets face it they rule the world while we’re just “Tobeys,Bells, and Kizzys”

  45. Are we really supposed to support criminal behavior? There are consequences for illegal behavior. They didn’t sentence her to death – 6 months is all for the lying and the check fraud. There are multiple crimes involved here.
    I love my Black people, but I love my Black people enough to tell them when they are dead wrong too. I just can’t endorse that behavior and still be proud of my people.

  46. When we have a president in office that should be clearly tried for treason and a huge host of other crimes Marion Jones going to prison over something like steroid use is the least of my concerns.

  47. Shame…she lied and she cheated. She cheated and she lied…she got what she deserves…only a selfish person would cheat and then lie about it. She was selfish…what else could it have been? Fear of losing?…how about trying your best, that’s the message that kids should be getting, not cheat, lie and try not to get caught. For me it’s not a white or black thing as some people are stating…anyone who does this should feel the see the the consequences of their bad judgement and behavior. This is about setting a positive example and sending a positive message to the children. I don’t want my kids to gow up thinking that it’s okay to lie and cheat and that people should feel sorry for them when they get caught. I could teach my kids about integrity, team work, give them everything they need to be good and humble in life, but as soon as they leave my side and my sight they will still have to deal with problems like these. It just doesn’t help that someone viewed as a role model can do something as morally wong as this and thought nothing of at until she got caught. I don’t know if it was her concious that told her to finally tell the truth, but I’m gald she did. It’s just a shame that she couldn’t have just tried her best and been be honest in the first place.

  48. I honestly think she was pressured into coming out. Of course cheating should be frowned upon. However to think there is no cheating in track and field and other sports is ob sured. In track and field there is only one winner so everybody wants an edge so therefore when they inject or are pressured into doping so to speak they are only creating a level playing field this was true in the past, present and in the future. The only thing that we did was weaken the United States by exposing one of our greatest to the world as a lying cheat. When she was caught they should have had her quietly resign as oppose to humiliating this country and one of our great women athletic icons. This is ridiculous on so many levels to have her serve 1 day in jail over lying about steroids is retarded. While I was in college I had a choice take steroids or not, I chose not to that was my individual decision people!!!!! I know it takes more than the best training to be number one, and I go on the record to say that even if she had taken no performance enhancements I believe she still would have been a champion, she had all of the tools to win in her natural ability but you know the person next to you in a professional competition has an edge you so you either get in the game or watch from the stands and just enjoy being a spectator. Now we are in Beijing getting clowned while everybody else is looking pretty how embarrassing. And of course the will always say we are clean athletes, however in the inner circle of track and field on a for real note performance enhancements are just looked at as vitamins. So to conclude this blog don’t be naive people, they should not even put her on blast because all people know how to do is be judgmental when they have no idea what is really going on. Check fraud should be her only conviction not the use of any kind of performance enhancements. Parent also teach you own kids to make good decisions so athletes, actors and public figures aren’t held accountable for teaching your kids wrong from right after all they are only people they put their pants on one leg at a time.

  49. True story: “hey mom, you got arrested for a drunk driving charge a couple of months ago.!!!. You’re currently driving with an open beer in your hand and a suspended license, a . “ parents… you’re an example for the subsequent generation…be aware!

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