I look at the trouble and see that it's raging,
While my guitar gently weeps.
As I'm sitting here, doing nothing but aging,
Still, my guitar gently weeps.
Ex-Olympic gold medal winner, convicted perjurer, ex-con, and now not-so-contrite Marion Jones weeps for
Argentina herself on Oprah. (To Bill Livingston of the Cleveland Plain Dealer) (Victor Conte cannot believe Marion Jones 'continues to lie')
She went to a minimum-security prison in Fort Worth, Texas, for six months because she lied to federal investigators about using steroids. Some say the cover-up was worse than the crime. That's false. By further tainting a drug-plagued sport that needed her to be the symbol of excellence and honor, she almost ruined track and field...
Jones couldn't mask her shame and sorrow Wednesday the way perverted science could mask the reason for her performances.
After her guilty plea came the long slide of the sport into dishonor and irrelevance, as NBC tucked track and field into obscure corners of its programming in 2008.
But in 2000, Marion Jones, powerful, physically attractive, dazzlingly swift, was the smiling, radiant face of track and field. She won three gold medals and two bronze ones.
On the Winfrey show, she still denied knowingly taking Tetrahydrogestrinone, or TGH, an almost undetectable performance-enhancing drug known as "the clear." Unconvincingly, she even forgot her alibi, that she thought it was flaxseed oil, until Winfrey reminded her.
Forgot her alibi? Sigh....remind Jones and Barry Bonds about Flaxseed oil...
It took a lot of denial in Sydney to think she knew nothing about the activities of her husband in 2000, shot-putter C.J. Hunter. Revelations of his four positive tests for steroid use broke before the heats in the 200 meters, which Jones won. But denial is the stock in trade for a dirty competitor and for fans who love sports.
We have stated Marion Jones was likely led astray by a dishonest coach (Trevor Graham), a drug-cheat husbands, a sport gone awry, and perhaps her own naivete. Nonetheless, her record is extremely checkered.
Sordid associations can be damning. Jones told Winfrey she knew of no one in the sport's drug subculture. In fact, she worked with a rogues' gallery of them - disgraced coaches Trevor Graham, Charlie Francis and Steven Riddick; her former boyfriend and the father of one of her two children Tim Montgomery; and Victor Conte of the BALCO viper's nest. As long ago as her high-school days, O.J. Simpson's murder-trial lawyer, Johnnie Cochran, got overturned Jones' four-year competition ban for missing a drug test.
She lived a lie for years. She wrote some too in a book called "Life in the Fast Lane." Finally, she came cleaner in 2007 than she had been in years on the track. She told Winfrey, "I didn't love myself enough to tell the truth."
She added, "I could say others who did as much [drugs] did less [jail] time." But some, like Graham, cooperated with investigators. Jones did not.
"I could say it was a bad judge," Jones said. "But it was me."
Of course Jones deceives herself. We are to believe she didn't know about the injections of insulin, anabolic steroids, and HGH? Don't think 'self-love' has much to do about drug cheating to gain an inherent advantage.
She sold her soul for fool's gold and the world's acclaim. She wept Wednesday for her children and the shame they will face. Others grieve for the sport, to which she did such damage.
Jones states to Oprah that she didn't need drugs to win. Then why, Marion, did you dope and lie?