Marion Makes History was the title on the cover of Track and Field Magazine just after she won 5 medals at the 2000 Olympic games. She’s making history again – admitting to her use of illegal, performance enhancing drugs prior to those victories.
I am so disappointed and disgusted. Not only because she has fessed up, but because she was so adamant in her lies. She sued Victor Conte for testifying that he saw her inject herself and he spent a lot of money defending himself. Not that I care a whit for Victor Conte who founded BALCO and is responsible for the production and use of this substance known as ‘the clear as well as other performance enhancing drugs’. I file that lawsuit under ‘karmic back lash’ and that guy can die and rot in hell for all care. I am, however absolutely deflated that she would assert her innocence so vigorously when in fact, she was lying.
She says she didn’t know at first she was using these things. That’s a little hard to believe when you look at pictures of her back then and look at how remarkably and miraculously her performance improved. Was it all wishful thinking? Did she really think some mystery substance and vitamins would lead to those results? Very hard to believe.
Marion Jones in 2000 and then again in 2004
The good news is that these doping scandals aren’t going away. I honestly hope that her coming forward is part of a grand scheme to finally bring Barry Bonds down. His doping is more dangerous and nefarious than that of any track star or cycling star simply because of the popularity of baseball. He has set the bar that says if you want to set a record you have to pump yourself up with steroids. That leaves every ambitious man behind him in a position of defeat or cheat. I’m tired of cheat and he in no way deserves to claim that he beat Hank Aaron’s record. He did not.
Let’s keep the pressure on to force people to perform as best they can under their own power, complete with fully in tact integrity. That’s what athletics is really about.
I found this student project which is a biography of Marion’s rise to the top. It looks quite different in light of recent news.