The prison 4 by 100 team noticeably improved when former Olympic gold medalist Marion Jones reported to the federal pen in Fort Worth Texas yesterday. Jones begins a 6 month sentence for deceiving federal investigators looking into her PED use while she was hooked up with the BALCO operation. (from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
Jones, who lives in Austin, arrived at the federal prison in Fort Worth before noon, Traci Billingsley, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, confirmed.
Jones was sentenced to six months in prison and two years' probation and community service for lying to federal investigators about her steroid use and a check-fraud scheme. She is expected to be housed in the minimum-security unit, where she could work in the kitchen or in ground maintenance or most likely in the recreation department.
Jones, a three-time gold medalist, has returned all five medals she won in the 2000 Sydney Olympics after pleading guilty in October. After years of denials, Jones told the court that her then-coach Trevor Graham first gave her steroids in 1999, telling her it was flaxseed oil. She continued using THG, or "the clear," through the 2000 Olympics and until 2001.
Thus begins the latest chapter of Jones's decent into PED hell. Jones, who always appears congenial to journalists and fans, received a great deal of sinister help from former doper spouses like CJ Hunter, and Tim Montgomery, ex-coach Trevor Graham, and the boys at BALCO who conspired to cheat track and field in 'Operation World Record'. Seems like Jones will suffer more punishment than her 'roiding co-conspirators.