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29 October 2008

Is there an "I" in Cry, Marion?

Good grief.

One doesn't have to look far to find yet another example of arrogance and selfishness on display in the news. And lucky for you, one doesn't have to look beyond Daddio's Daily Dose to have arrogance exposed.

In The Oprah Winfrey Show set to broadcast today, disgraced Olympic sprinter Marion Jones will spill her guts about 'how her memory of the Olympics is tarnished' because of her prior bad deeds. Poor baby.

Let's recap shall we?

  • Oct. 12, 1975 - born
  • early 1990's - High School state champion sprinter 4 years in a row, rumors of drug use begin, missed a required drug test to compete and was banned for 4 years. High profile attorney Johnnie Cochran got her suspension reversed.
  • 1997 - Graduated UNC-Chapel Hill, drug use allegations persist
  • 1998 - 1999 - 1st place in 100 meter World Championships
  • 2000 Summer Olympics - won 3 gold medals and 2 bronze, husband later testifies that she injected herself in the stomach with performance enhancing drugs
  • 2004 - Drug dealer gives her up and admits supplying her performance enhancing drugs, Jones denies it
  • 2006 - her urine and blood samples test positive for drugs
  • 2007 - Marion Jones finally admits to using drugs, lying to federal agents and to her role in a check counterfeiting scheme
  • 2008 - Marion Jones is ordered to return all of her medals she won since 1999. The relay teams she was on during those years also had to forfeit their medals and results. Marion Jones gets sent to the hoosegow (prison) for 6 months.

Said the head of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF):

"Marion Jones will be remembered as one of the biggest frauds in sporting history."

Now, in late 2008, after all the damage she has caused to her international sport, her country, her team mates and her family, she arrogantly sums the experience up this way:

"I truly believe that the reason I made the awful mistake and a few thereafter was because I didn't love myself enough to tell the truth."

The 'few mistakes thereafter' I assume refer to the attempts along with her boyfriend and friends to defraud several banks of millions of dollars in an money laundering scheme after her net worth went in the tank. No big deal, right Marion?

Not a single mention of her responsibility to her team, her fans, her country or her sport. And looking at her history, one shouldn't be surprised. Yet she will get the pity treatment and get a venue to tell her horrid tales of her 6 months in federal prison. And all the while, her fans and her teammates that also lost their medals for being teamed with her, will get nada. Except another reminder that there really is no "I" in the word TEAM.


I know some of you readers, including you career lurkers, have a direct or indirect hand in raising kids. How did you explain this former iconic athlete's fall from grace to your kids? Or is it safer to not try and emulate highly visible athletes in the first place?

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