Marion Jones was stripped of five medals from the 2000 Sydney Olympics due to using steroids, an accusation she fought for a long time. Once she stopped the fight she admitted to using the once undetectable steroid TGH. Lying about her use of steroids and a check fraud scheme cost her six months in a federal prison.
She has put all of that behind her and on Wednesday it was announced that she would be joining the WNBA. The Tulsa Shock will have the once track star on their roster. Marion spoke in an interview about her recent move to the WNBA and what her history has cost her.
“The past few years have been very tough. I’m about looking forward now. Life is much bigger than just sport. It’s about sharing my story of second chances and how that might help some other people in their lives. I’m a competitor. I want to play against the best in the world and I know that I will be doing that. I said a number of times I made mistakes in the past. I’ve paid for that. Now I’m on to something new. I knew I’d be a public figure the rest of my life based on my history. I’m certainly not going to go away and hide in a cave and disappear. I’m passionate about what I’m doing and that it’s the right thing.”