banner
North Carolina

Marion Jones makes comeback with new book

Posted October 27, 2010
Updated October 28, 2010

— Former Olympic gold medalist and University of North Carolina track star Marion Jones is speaking out in a new autobiography about being a star athlete and the performance-enhancing drugs that ultimately led to the end of her track and field career.

“On the Right Track,” which was released Tuesday, chronicles her life since pleading guilty in October 2007 to lying to federal investigators looking into drug use among athletes.

In December 2007, the International Olympic Committee stripped her of her three gold and two bronze medals that she won at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

She served a six-month prison sentence in 2008 – during which she spent more than a month in solitary confinement after fighting another inmate – and has since returned to sports, most recently playing with the WNBA’s Tulsa Shock.

"The most important thing I learned was how important faith is, how important it is to hold on to something, when literally there is nothing but walls around you,” the 35-year-old wife and mother of three said Wednesday.

“I’ve been able to go through all that, and now I’m heading back up the ladder toward success,” Jones said.

Jones publicly denied for years that she used steroids, but she maintains in her book that she didn’t realize that she was taking performance-enhancing drugs.

“Yes, I took a performance-enhancing drug, and I can’t go back and undo any of it,” she writes. “What happened, happened. I’m not holding anyone responsible for the fact that I’m the one who put it in my body. … Nobody forced me.”

Jones, who was a freshman guard on UNC’s 1994 NCAA championship women’s basketball team, spent Wednesday at her alma mater, speaking to the current team about the lessons she’s learned.

“I’ve made mistakes, but I’ve come home, and I want to help people not make the same mistakes in their lives,” she said.

"It's not easy for me to wake up sometimes, knowing that I've disappointed so many people and that I've hurt so many people,” Jones added. “What I regret the most is not holding onto the values that I learned here at Carolina.”

Jones is also the subject of an upcoming ESPN 30 documentary, “Marion Jones: Press Pause,” which is scheduled to air Nov. 2 at 8 p.m.

37 Comments

This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • Hokies94 Oct 28, 5:14 p.m.

    She didn't screw up her life as some stated. She is young and smart. She will rebound and live a normal productive live. I'll bet that she will contribute in a positive manner to society. She has a lot to offer in many ways that she chooses.

  • Hokies94 Oct 28, 4:21 p.m.

    I read just about all of these. Marion Jones was a gifted athlete in basketball and track. She took a chance with some shady people to give her an extra edge in track by taking these drugs. She was great before she ever took these things.

    She served her time. I have already stated that she messed up. She wants to get her life back, and make a living. HOW many of us haven't made a mistake. Give her a chance. That's what the good book tells us to do. What if she was your child? What would you want then?

  • Rdi73162 Oct 28, 1:41 p.m.

    she screwed her life up and has paid a big price for it, i wish her the
    best for her future.....
    View More

    — Posted by Rdi73162

    Nope - where she went to school doesn't matter to me. What does matter is that she cheated and... View More

    — Posted by bgoettee

    the fact you`re mentioning VH1 shows and clay aiken tells me im probably
    alot older than you. probably why we can forgive easier than you kids, and hope
    someone betters their life in the future.

    be thankful the good lord doesnt feel the same as alot of you, maybe you all
    shouldnt be forgiven, hmmmmmmmm
    not saying it should ever be forgotten what she did, but she paid for it.

  • csplantlover Oct 28, 1:40 p.m.

    Unfortunately, she's still lying her way around the world. She couldn't even give Robin Roberts a straight answer when asked point blank if she did the steroids she claims she was "unaware" of..........what a typical piece of UNC garbage. She fits right in.

  • br549znc Oct 28, 1:31 p.m.

    "The sad part is that some of us will buy this book and help line the pockets of someone that cheated her way to the top."

    And some of us will not.....

  • andy2 Oct 28, 12:46 p.m.

    Cheater

  • maryellen Oct 28, 12:27 p.m.

    I'm glad that she is admitting to cheating but she took the gold medal away from someone who earned it honestly. She can't make up for that.

  • Blessed and Highly Favored Oct 28, 11:23 a.m.

    People act as if they have never made a mistake or told a lie. Shame on you..who are you to judge Marion? We live ane we learn. I wish her well and pray that she can move on from this and prosper.

  • Corporal Snark Oct 28, 10:24 a.m.

    Cheat, lie, obfuscate: THE CAROLINA WAY!

  • southraleigh Oct 28, 10:19 a.m.

    With all that's going on with UNC football right now there's going to be extra scrutiny on the motives of any athlete associated with UNC. There's a stigma with UNC athletics that isn't going to go away easily. Sympathy for former UNC athletes who cheated is probably at an all time low.

    It's unfortunate for Marion that her book came out during the football scandal.

More...

 

 

  • NFL: Chicago at Detroit

    Thursday at 12:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Philadelphia at Dallas

    Thursday at 4:00 pm on FOX50

  • SEC: Arkansas at Missouri

    Friday at 2:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • HSFB: Football Friday with Tom Suiter

    Friday at 11:35 pm on WRAL-TV

  • CBB: Duke vs. Furman

    Tomorrow at 5:00 pm on 620am

  • CBB: NC State vs. Richmond

    Tomorrow at 7:00 pm on WRAL-FM

  • NHL: Hurricanes at Florida

    Tomorrow at 7:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • NFL: Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions

    Thursday at 12:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
ECU 58
FRES 52
Final
CIN 59
NCCU 50
 
Final
WAS 102
ATL 106
 
4th
MIA 96
GSW 107
 
4th
MIL 81
DET 69
 
4th
NOP 71
SAC 79
 
2nd
DEN 49
CHI 41
 
4th
UMO 21
OHIO 21
 
Final
ECU 58
FRES 52
Final
ELON 74
MRGST 73
 
Final
MIZZ 61
PURD 82
Final
MAR 55
HAW 62
Final
UNF 77
LIB 57
 
Final
CHAM 85
BYU 121
Final
BUCK 58
MDES 55
 
Final
UGST 85
WCU 70
 
Final
UWGB 64
EVAN 62
 
Final
ARST 71
ALA 76
 
Final
OHIO 69
ARKPB 60
 
Final
UNH 75
BU 68
 
Final
OU 70
CHIST 57
 
Final
TOL 79
DET 82
 
Final
CLMB 57
FD 47
 
Final
QUIN 50
HART 54
 
Final
SFLA 71
HOF 70
 
Final
HARV 84
HOU 63
 
Final
BONA 79
JST 71
 
Final
STJOE 74
LIU 70
 
Final
SYR 70
GHND 37
 
Final
MLOWELL 102
MTIDA 57
 
Final
CIN 59
NCCU 50
 
Final
VT 54
NIOWA 73
 
Final
WOFF 82
OHVALLEY 54
 
Final
TEMPL 76
PENN 67
 
Final
RUTG 50
PETE 68
 
Final
BGU 62
SEMIZ 54
 
Final
LAS 73
Terriers 60
 
Final
UVA 79
TENST 36
 
Final
KENT 92
TXARL 44
 
Final
FSU 66
CITA 55
 
Final
PBY 63
TOCC 40
 
Final
COOK 56
TENNM 74
 
Final
WMARY 83
WILL 49
 
Final
USB 71
WKENT 61
 
Final
HIGH 88
WMPEACE 71
 
Final
SMU 72
ARK 78
 
Final
ARMY 80
BING 54
 
Final
CSOU 80
CARK 67
 
Final
UMBC 54
HOW 68
 
Final
ARZ 72
KYST 68
 
Final
OREG 63
VCU 77
 
2nd
PSU 70
AKR 62
 
2nd
SCST 84
CIU 47
 
Final
CREI 75
EILL 53
 
2nd
ALAAM 61
JVST 65
 
2nd
ABCHRIST 91
JCHR 65
 
2nd
TXSA 52
LOYC 63
 
2nd
NDST 64
MNCROOK 63
 
2nd
NEB 69
NEOM 54
 
2nd
VANDY 59
NORST 47
 
2nd
STLU 40
NCAT 45
 
Final
MTST 65
NARZ 53
 
2nd
TTU 73
NWST 60
 
2nd
TULA 70
SOUTH 57
 
2nd
ILLCH 79
STXAVIER 63
 
Final
TEX 78
RFLSH 46
 
2nd
BRAD 47
TAMCC 35
 
2nd
SMISS 72
TROY 70
 
2nd
DRAK 62
IUPUI 50
 
2nd
ARKST 53
LAM 59
 
2nd
FLGC 40
USF 22
 
Half
COL 37
AFA 15
 
Half
IDAHO 28
BSU 38
 
Half
GRCN 32
BUF 45
 
Half
ORU 25
LALAF 36
 
Half
CHAR 37
MIAMI 38
 
1st
ISU 16
MD 23
 
1st
UMO 8
NW 8
 
10:00pm Tonight
SDST
PITT
10:05pm Tonight
SACST
BRISTOL
 
10:15pm Tonight
MICH
VILL
11:00pm Tonight
USC
CSFU
11:00pm Tonight
STAN
DEL
Final
CLB 2
WIN 4
 
2nd Intermission
NAS 3
LOS 2
 
2nd Intermission
STL 2
OTT 0
 
2nd
DAL 2
EDM 1
 
1st Intermission
ARI 3
COL 0
 
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
CAL
10:00pm Tonight
VAN
NJD