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Old 06 Oct 2007, 12:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Track star Marion Jones pleads guilty to lying to federal investigators about steroid use
By PAT MILTON,
Associated Press Writer
October 6, 2007


WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) -- Marion Jones tried to choke back the tears streaming down her face, and bowed her head in a desperate effort to regain the composure that used to be her trademark.

The strong, poised woman who was once a symbol for everything right about women in sports was long gone. She was now a liar and a cheat, her sins laid bare for everyone to see.

"It's with a great amount of shame that I stand before you and tell you that I have betrayed your trust," she said Friday, admitting she used steroids after years of angry denials.

"I have been dishonest, and you have the right to be angry with me," she said, her voice cracking as her mother stood behind her with a supportive hand on her shoulder. "I have let (my family) down. I have let my country down, and I have let myself down."

The owner of three Olympic golds and two bronze medals pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators when she denied using performance-enhancing drugs. In a teary apology afterward outside the U.S. District Court, the 31-year-old also said she was retiring.

Jones also pleaded guilty to a second count of lying to investigators about her association with a check-fraud scheme.

"You're vindicated, but it doesn't make you feel any happier this is going on," said Dick Pound, chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency. "The fact that she was using the performance-enhancing drugs is not a surprise. People suspected strongly or knew, but couldn't prove the use.

"When something seems too good to be true, it probably is."

Jones is the biggest name to be brought down so far in the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative scandal. But home run king Barry Bonds also has been linked to BALCO, and a grand jury is still investigating whether he lied to federal investigators.

Bonds denied ever knowingly taking performance-enhancing drugs. In testimony before a grand jury in 2003, Bonds said he believed a clear substance and a cream given to him by his trainer were flaxseed oil and an arthritis balm.

"The federal government will vigorously prosecute individuals who provide false statements to its agents," said Scott N. Schools, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California.

Jones had been dogged by suspicions and doping allegations for years. Her ex-husband, C.J. Hunter, was busted for doping, and Tim Montgomery, the father of her son Monty, was stripped of his world record in the 100 meters in connection with the BALCO case.

Jones herself was one of the athletes who testified before a grand jury in 2003 in the BALCO investigation. In August 2006, one of her urine samples tested positive for EPO, but she was cleared when a backup sample tested negative.

But Jones vehemently denied all doping allegations, even issuing this emphatic declaration in 2004: "I have never, ever used performance-enhancing drugs." She also sued BALCO founder Victor Conte after he repeatedly accused Jones of using performance-enhancing drugs and said he watched her inject herself.

No longer.

On Friday, Jones sat perfectly still, detailing her crimes in a clear, loud voice. Speaking into a microphone, her eyes on the judge above her, she admitted lying to a federal investigator in November 2003 when he asked if she had used performance-enhancing drugs.

"I answered that I had not. This was a lie, your honor," she said.

Jones said she took steroids from September 2000 to July 2001 and said she was told by her then-coach Trevor Graham that she was taking flaxseed oil when it was actually "the clear." That's a performance-enhancing drug linked to BALCO, the lab at the center of the steroids scandal in professional sports.

"I consumed this substance several times before the Sydney Olympics and continued using it after," Jones told the judge. "By November 2003, I realized he was giving me performance-enhancing drugs."

She said she "felt different, trained more intensely" and experienced "faster recovery and better times" while using the substance.

"He told me to put it under my tongue for a few seconds and swallow it," she said. "He told me not to tell anyone."

A Sept. 3, 2003, search warrant at BALCO uncovered ledgers, purchases, doping calendars, and various blood-test results connected to Jones and Graham, said Matt Parrella, a federal prosecutor in Northern California.

In the check-fraud scheme, Jones admitted lying about her knowledge of Montgomery's involvement in a scheme to cash millions of dollars worth of stolen or forged checks. Montgomery; Jones' longtime agent Charles Wells; and a former coach, Olympian Steve Riddick, have all been convicted in the scam.

"It's bittersweet," said Travis Tygart, chief executive officer of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. "Any time a potential American hero admits to cheating us sports fans, people who watch Olympic games, it's bittersweet."

And it isn't over yet.

Jones, who is free on own recognizance, is due back in court Jan. 11 for sentencing. Prosecutors have suggested to her that the prison term will be a maximum of six months, although the judge has the discretion to change that.

The maximum sentence on each count is five years and a $250,000 fine, for a total of 10 years and $500,000.

She will also almost certainly lose her medals. The International Olympic Committee opened an investigation into doping allegations against Jones in December 2004, and said Friday it will step up its probe and move quickly to strip her of her medals.

In Jones' case, that would include the 2000 Olympics, where she won gold in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 1,600-meter relay and bronze in the long jump and 400-meter relay.

"Her admission is long overdue and underscores the shame and dishonor that are inherent with cheating," U.S. Olympic Committee chairman Peter Ueberroth said in a statement. "As further recognition of her complicity in this matter, Ms. Jones should immediately step forward and return the Olympic medals she won while competing in violation of the rules."

It was a stunning fall from grace for Jones, once the most celebrated female athlete in the world.
Wow. So I guess her teeth were that fucked up for a reason.

The IOC is going to strip her of her medals for sure...but that's not the best part. The best part is about seven years ago or some shit, her shot putting husband was caught juicing and soon thereafter she divorced his ass for it...

This shit became so much of the fabric of her life that she ditched her old man for getting caught. Not for juicing...but for getting caught.

Not for nothing...I mean I love seeing a celebrated athlete's life go into the crapper just as much as the next guy...but why are so many people cheating? Look over the past three or four years...and it's not just Barry Bonds...but everyone's coming under the microscope.

Nothing proven...just speculation.

Albert Pujols has sick game so he must be juicing.

A-Rod jacked 54 homers so he must be juicing.

I mean...can't we just test these clowns and then yank them when they test positive? If you're worried about them cycling down or whatever just test them once a month. These fucking long term investigations are fucking killing me.

Bill Clinton was practically made a hero for committing perjury...but M Jones is going to the hole for 6 months...they're still investigating Barry...probably will keep doing so until he dies...and then some...it's ridiculous.

Test them more. Fuck the random shit, once a month will find everything but the coke they were snorting a week ago. Stop using these fucking millions of dollars just so you can run someone up for cheating. Catch them and then deal with it.

But I think it's more upsetting than the fact that people are cheating, to know that millions of dollars that could be getting pumped into something that matters are being sunk into these lawyers' efforts to mount the biggest smear campaign in sports history.

Just my thoughts on it.

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LOL, I love how Boston picks out the one thing that is most irrelevent to the topic and comments on it

It is retarded how the government is so worried about busting sports cheaters instead of doing shit that would actually be more beneficial to society. I mean getting juicers out is beneficial because they're role models and blah blah blah, but there's a lot more shit out there more worthy of all this time and money being spent on this shit.
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