Marion Jones admits steroids use

Track star Marion Jones has acknowledged using steroids as she prepared for the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney and is scheduled to plead guilty today in New York to two counts of lying to federal agents about her drug use and an unrelated financial matter, according to a letter Jones sent to close family and friends.

Jones, who won five medals at the Sydney Olympics, said she took the steroid known as “the clear” for two years beginning in 1999, according to the letter. A source familiar with Jones’s legal situation who requested anonymity confirmed the relevant facts that were described in the letter.

“I want to apologize to you all for all of this,” Jones said. “I am sorry for disappointing you all in so many ways.”

Jones’s admissions could cost her the three gold and two bronze medals she won in Sydney while enlarging the cloud of doubt hovering over Olympic and professional sports, which have been tarred in recent years with accusations of performance-enhancing drug use, steroids busts and positive drug tests by prominent athletes.

In December 2004, the International Olympic Committee opened an investigation into allegations surrounding steroid use by Jones, once considered the greatest female athlete in the world. In the past, Jones has vehemently denied using steroids or any performance-enhancing drugs.

mas de la nota en Ingles del Whasingtonpost aqui

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One Response to “Marion Jones admits steroids use”

  1. cicely Says:

    Professional athletes will ALWAYS be viewed as role models to someone’s child(ren) all over the world. There is nothing we can do about that. Instead of “stripping” the pros of the role model status, discuss the unethical or wrong things they do, explain to children how to make better decisions, and get over it! What about the Lindsay Lohans and Britney Spears of the world? They’re someone’s role model too. Quit harping on athletes and focus on raising your children at home. Athletes are human beings and should be viewed as just that – no one is perfect. Children have parents that are role models to them, so when the parents mess up, should the children stop believing in them too? I don’t think so! If this country is really worried about what is best for our children, then stop idolizing sex, alcohol and drugs also! Marion Jones is a big person for apologizing and she ultimately has to deal with the consequences. She has always been a great track star, regardless of the controversy surrounding her.

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