Marion Lois Jones, additionally known as Marion Jones-Thompson, is an American former world champion observe and self-discipline athlete and former expert basketball participant.
Marion gained three gold medals and two bronze medals on the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, nonetheless was later stripped of all her medals after admitting to steroid use.
Marion was a number of the well-known athletes to be linked to the BALCO scandal. The performance-enhancing substance utilization scandal coated over 20 prime stage athletes, along with Marion’s ex-husband, shot putter C.J. Hunter, and 100 m sprinter Tim Montgomery, the daddy of her first child.
On October 5, 2007, she pleaded accountable to creating false statements to IRS Special Agent Jeff Novitzky major the continued BALCO investigation in California. Marion claimed she had not at all taken performance-enhancing remedy. “That was a lie, your honor,” she acknowledged from the safety desk. The federal authorities, by means of grand juries, had, since 2003, been investigating steroid abuse.
Marion moreover pleaded accountable to creating false statements about her data of a check-cashing scheme to New York, United States Department of Homeland Security Special Agent Erik Rosenblatt, who has been major a broad financial investigation that has already convicted Tim Montgomery, sports activities actions agent, Charles Wells, and her coach, Steve Riddick.
On January 11, 2008, U.S. District Judge Kenneth Karas sentenced Marion to six months in jail for her involvement inside the take a look at fraud case and her use of performance-enhancing remedy. During the sentencing listening to, the resolve admonished Marion, saying that she knew what she was doing and may be punished accordingly. “The offenses here are serious. They each involve lies made three years apart,” Judge Karas acknowledged, together with that Marion’s actions have been “not a one-off mistake…but a repetition in an attempt to break the law.”
Marion was ordered to surrender on March 15, 2008 and reported 4 days early, on March 11, on the Federal Medical Center, Carswell jail in Fort Worth. She was assigned Federal Bureau of Prisons register no. 84868–054. Marion was launched from jail on September 5, 2008.
Where Is Marion Jones Now?
Marion Jones lives in Austin, Texas, collectively along with her husband, Obadele Thompson, and their three children.
Marion carried out expert basketball inside the WNBA, as stage guard inside the workforce of Tulsa Shock between 2010 and 2011.