Montgomery, another of her former coaches, Steve Riddick, and her agent, Charlie Wells, are all indicted in that case.Olympic champion Marion Jones learned her fate last Friday: She was sentenced to the maximum six months in prison for lying about using steroids and for her role in a check-fraud scheme. District Judge Kenneth Karas said he imposed the maximum sentence to send a message to pro athletes: Despite previous denials that she had ever used performance-enhancing drugs, last October Jones finally admitted she had used a steroid called “the clear” from September 2000 to July 2001.She lay on the living room floor of her family's Los Angeles house in 1981, watching the royal wedding of Charles and Diana on television.
To review: Win five golds, eclipse Florence Griffith Joyner and Jackie Joyner-Kersee in the record book, rescue track and field from oblivion, then nurture another sport by feeding Chamique from the point and maybe winning a few championships. "I'll say this," says Dennis Craddock, who coached Jones during her moonlighting track seasons at North Carolina. In the insular world of track and field, Jones's potential has long been known.
An erstwhile California high school prodigy, Jones returned to the sport full time last year for the first time since 1993 (having forgone her final year of basketball eligibility with the Tar Heels) and stunned even her believers by winning the U. and world 100-meter titles and running 10.76 seconds for the 100, equaling the fifth-fastest time in history--all after one spring's crash training with a new coach.
That is the period in which she admits taking drops of a substance her coach Trevor Graham told her was a nutritional supplement containing flaxseed oil. Awarding those medals to athletes she beat is not as simple as it would usually be.
The greatest beneficiary would be Katerina Thanou, a Greek banned for two years when she infamously refused to be drug tested on several occasions immediately before the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
"They have a red carpet to walk on, because they're special people," she chirped to her mother and her brother. In the autumn of 2000, Jones could--no, plans to--win five gold medals at the Sydney Olympics, having by then, at the doddering age of 25, run faster and jumped farther than any other woman in history.
She might then (or later, but eventually) switch from track and field to basketball and resume playing the sport in which she scored 1,716 points in three years at North Carolina.
I have let my family down, I have let my country down, and I have let myself down.”On the day of her guilty plea, prosecutors said a 2003 search warrant at BALCO yielded evidence connected to Jones and former coach Trevor Graham.
BALCO is the San Francisco lab that has also been linked to pro baseball players’ use of steroids.
After pleading guilty last year, Jones broke down, saying, “It’s with a great amount of shame that I stand before you and tell you that I have betrayed your trust.