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Shocker: Disgraced Olympic sprinter Marion Jones signs with Tulsa Shock ...


Jun 16, 2009
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Updated: March 10, 2010, 12:27 PM ET

TULSA, Okla. -- Former sprinter Marion Jones has signed on to play with the WNBA's Tulsa Shock, hoping to launch a new career after being stripped of five Olympic medals for using performance-enhancing drugs.


Former sprinter Marion Jones smiles as she addresses the media during a news conference announcing her signing with WNBA basketball Tulsa Shock on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, in Tulsa, Okla. Jones was a star at the 2000 Sydney Olympics but admitted two years ago that she had taken the "clear." She was stripped of her medals, including three golds

Olympian Marion Jones at The Crowne Plaza Hotel on March 10, 2010 in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Jones was a star at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney but admitted two years ago that she had taken a designer steroid known as the "clear." The International Olympic Committee took away her medals, including three golds.

She also spent about six months in a Texas federal prison for lying about doping and her role in a check-fraud scam.

Before she became known as the world's fastest woman, Jones was the starting point guard on North Carolina's national championship team in 1994.

She was drafted by Phoenix in 2003 but never played in the WNBA.

Jones was introduced Wednesday at a news conference in Tulsa.
Source: Associated Press

Is once a star always a Star ?

Will she cheat again ?
Jul 14, 2009
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She is no disgrace. The fact that she can join a "top" level sport in her 30's is a disgrace. Longo should have tried out for some other sport she disgraced women's cycling more than 1 time. she could have smoked a cigar and finished a beer at the start of a race and still won easy. Jones is no different there is just no depth,that is the disgrace,title 9 is the disgrace
Feb 21, 2010
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happy to share: http://www.titleix.info/

"Title IX is a law passed in 1972 that requires gender equity for boys and girls in every educational program that receives federal funding."

Interesting stuff. For Ms. Jones, she seems to be a direct beneficiary of Title IX, as a collegiate athlete, presumably on scholarship in part due to parity of programs provided under Title IX.

@fatandfast - I am not sure it is about lack of quality female athletes, as it appears there are a couple of hundred female basketball players earning a living. from the outside, it looks like a publicity stunt. I cannot imagine the WNBA carries a huge fleet of followers.