WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - Marion Jones was sentenced Friday to six months in prison for lying about using steroids and a check-fraud scam, despite her plea that she not be separated from her two young children "even for a short period of time."
"I ask you to be as merciful as a human being can be," said Jones, who cried on her husband's shoulder after she was sentenced.
The disgraced former Olympic champion was ordered to surrender March 11 to begin her term.
U.S. District Judge Kenneth Karas said he gave her the maximum under her plea deal to send a message to athletes who have abused drugs and overlooked the values of "hard work, dedication, teamwork and sportsmanship."
"Athletes in society have an elevated status, they entertain, they inspire, and perhaps, most important, they serve as role models," Karas said.
The 31-year-old Jones also was given two years' probation and supervised release, during which she will be required to perform 800 hours of community service.
The judge said this would take advantage of Jones' "eloquence, strength and her ability to work with kids."
It was her children that worried Jones most as she beseeched the judge for a lighter sentence, talking at length about her two boys, including the infant son she's still nursing.
"My passion in life has always been my family," Jones said. "I know the day is quickly approaching when my boys ask me about these current events. I intend to be honest and forthright ... and guide them into not making the same mistakes."
The sentence completes a stunning fall for the woman who was once the most celebrated female athlete in the world. She won three gold and two bronze medals at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
After long denying she ever had used performance-enhancing drugs, Jones admitted last October she lied to federal investigators in November 2003, acknowledging she took the designer steroid "the clear" from September 2000 to July 2001. "The clear" has been linked to BALCO, the lab at the center of the steroids scandal in professional sports.
She also admitted lying about her knowledge of the involvement of Tim Montgomery, the father of her older son Monty, in a scheme to cash millions of dollars worth of stolen or forged checks. Montgomery and several others have been convicted in that scam. They include Jones' former coach, Olympic champion Steve Riddick, who was to be sentenced later Friday.
After her guilty pleas last October, Jones made an apologetic and teary-eyed statement outside court, saying, "It's with a great amount of shame that I stand before you and tell you that I have betrayed your trust."
"I have been dishonest, and you have the right to be angry with me," she added. "I have let (my family) down. I have let my country down, and I have let myself down. ... I want to ask for your forgiveness for my actions, and I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me."
Jones returned her Olympic medals — golds in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 1,600-meter relay and bronzes in the long jump and 400-meter relay — even before the International Olympic Committee ordered her to do so and wiped her results from the books.
Jones was among the many athletes who testified in 2003 before a grand jury investigating the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative.
On the day she pleaded guilty, prosecutors said a 2003 search warrant at BALCO uncovered ledgers, purchases, doping calendars, and various blood-test results connected to Jones and former coach Trevor Graham.
She took EPO, human growth hormone and THG using drops and injections, according to the court documents that show use in 2000 and 2001.
***, that sucks...All that hard work down the drain...Hopefully she can salvage SOME piece of a reputation when she gets out.
wow, thats to badd,, well anyway
already knew that MTO, yall slow.
so sad...waste of talent
I don't feel that bad for her...I feel bad for her babies because now they have to pay for her bad decisions...hopefully she has learned her lesson and maybe prison will teach it to her and quickly.
Dat *** is from my home town. She is a disgrace to the human race. Why snitch on yourself? This chick is sick and need some ***!
Its such a shame that so many of these us. athletes use these chemicals to CHEAT..a fact that is WELL KNOWN among the international community. Such a shame for her to fall this hard, but there are consequences for your actions...
I was a big Marion Jones supporter I had an opportunity to see her run in competition many years ago. She was poetry in motion! Too bad the name of the poem was Steroids and lying through your teeth!" She deserves her comeuppance tenfold. She let down herself, her dignity, her pride, and en masse to them all her people. Real MOFO Talk.
I feel bad for her, but 6 months for check fraud, she should consider herself lucky becuase that is a federal offense. Its ashame she has children that she will leave but hopefully she learns from these mistakes and watch who she associates with. She may get off for good behavior so she may not have to do the entire 6 months but I knew they would put her in jail they have to make somebody and example out of.
Ok, dumb question..If everybody is now being found to have been using steroids, isn't the playing field leveled? Isn't the winner, really the winner if they're all doped up?
And YES she should be really happy she only got 6mos on a check scam. Feel bad for the kids, but if any lesson is a real lesson, this will be for them.
She'll get it together hopefully. No one should be held accountable the rest of their lives for one mistake. Prayers to her entire family.
6 months? She's only going to the county. BFDeal.
and she sleeps on the bottom bed
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Dat *** is from my home town. She is a disgrace to the human race. Why snitch on yourself? This chick is sick and need some ***
how stupid you sound , who should she snitch on , you ? she did the right thing while she also did the wrong
@huhduh I trained at NC State Univ where her and Hunter and Montgmery all were apart of team nike in raliegh im telling you man anybody who knows here knows how much her body had changed. She had little babyface with chubby cheeks but still smoking fast but hunter and pushed her to hard and her uncle made her quit bball when in fact she was even better at that at carolina!
"HATERS WITHOUT A POT TO P!SS IN WILL TRY TO P!SS IN YOURS....KEEP HATING CHUMPS!"
what a cute baby picture!!!
***..... but on the flip. she'll be iight. she'll be eating boxes the whole time. LOL!!
WHEN THEY ARE DONE WITH HER THEY NEED TO GET THE WHOLE MBL...EVERYBODYS ON STEROIDS...TAKING ALL THE FUN OUT THE SPORTS...
and now that i think on it. i want them ***'s to give all them baseball mf's 6+ months too.
oh well....crime doesnt pay....and she should be grateful that she only got 6 months for the check fraud....thats a felony
Does anyone remember the Boston Marathon back in 1980, I believe? Rosie Ruiz jumped in the marathon (before technology) and fooled people all over the world that she won. Behavior like that should be punishable. As for Marion, I think she should have been forced to give back the medals and just be charged for the check fraud.
*** yo thats messed up she didnt even have to take steroids she was natrualy strong but i guess she wanted a edge now she going to be skinny and look like sickly in the joint no doubt
Sad to hear! She was a beast on the track. But I guess this is why. But why would you not tell your husband not to get imvloved in stuff like that? Let my wife (hoping it's lady_b4u2) tell, "Baby, don't!" it is done as she says.
*** 6 months for a lil juice. It's not even worth it. STAY NATURAL!
she not the only one
And what about all those East German swimmers who were obviously on roids. How come they were never made to return their medals?
Marion it's a good thing you are not in Miss Afghanistan's country is all I can say.
She cried, Kobe cried.
Mike Vick didn't cry. Isn't it crazy how when we fu*k-up they drag us through the streets, then rake us through the coals. ***!
But we do it to ourselves, they just give us the rope to hang our own self with.
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It's sad that she goes from a hero in history books to a fellon. What a fall from grace.
As a former track runner I feel she deserves this sentence. She was someone i was astonished by, and to know that she really didn't do anything but *** up is saddening. Whomever placed second that day missed out on thier opportunity to shine
She should have been white and driving drunk and high the wrong way down a freeway. Then all she would get is sympathy.
hmmm...I still cant believe she snitched on herself :-(
What a waste.....& she seems like such a nice person.
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She'll get a couple year's probation. She didn't have to come clean but she did. Besides, she'll probably beat up 85% of the women in there anyway. Unless she a coward.
HER PUNK *** BABY DADDY IS A SNITCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
HE'S THE *** REAL DISGRACE!!!!!!!!!!
I BET THOSE BASEBALL *** WILL NOT GET ***!!!!!!!
Can someone tell me why the only ones going to jail are blacks?
no front for oba for 6 months
She won't be the only one
Gotta go! Gotta go!
MY COMMENT KEEP BLOCKING OUT AND I'M MAD AS HELL.
THEY TREATED THE GIRL WRONG. I THINK IT IS TOTAL BS THEY WAY THEY TREATED HER> IF SHE WAS WHITE IT WOULD BE A DIFFERENT STORY!!!
word up. no booty for obadele for 6 months...haha. oh well !!! **in chappelle voice
"TOUGH BREAK NI GGA !!"
p.s - is it me or he lookin' kinda fruity when he was walking to the courthouse w/ her today ??
That's a *** shame!! What's up with these white chicks getting a day in jail or a few hours or better yet Britney is straight on crack and she ain't seen one day in jail yet....WHERE IS THE JUSTICE!!!!!!!!!
SHE GONNA BECOME A *** IN JAIL
Let this be a lesson to black people....all the misconduct and steroid use in sports and only black people are going to jail *hint* Mark Mcgwire and Hosea Conseco.......White folks are calling us the *** word and wanting to lynch us on national tv......Most of them have a good laugh about it and go right back to what they were doing.
Let any black national media site disgrace a white person and the entire production will be *** down for good.
I can't see a black person saying on air these cracka azz white folks aren't good for ***, but mass murders, molesting kids, and killing their spouses *oops im sorry that was just an innocent expression . They would have white folks after them like PETA after celebrities for wearing fur.
I didn't know Marian was even married. Years ago, they would give a mother with small children, especially a nursing one, probation but not anymore.
I know this is a different judge, in another state but the judicial system is in dire need of repair. How can we have Nicole Richie, Lindsey Lohan and the other young fools in Hollywood drinking and driving and getting 2 hrs in jail, if that? Examples should be made of all, not just a few.
So what she used steroids and did check fraud scammin'. Everybody has done *** they are not proud of. Give her a *** break.
Marion is the WRONG color look at Nicole Richie-- (*** could PASS for WHITE), Lindsey Lohan, and Brittany...Amy Winehouse...the keep *** up constantly. That particular judge needs to get laid!!!
hercules98, I DON'T DOUBT YOU AT ALL , i believe she was tricked into doing it but she continued too, now the judge could have saved her ***, it's a lesson learnt so what, if she is breast feeding .
*** Marion! I was a track athlete for over 10 years! She was my idol. I still love her; it was that *** Montgomery who convinced her to take it in the first place, then SNITCH on her out of vindication....hold your head up girl...she was good before the steroids, they can't deny her that....she fell into the matrix....be strong for your children... I'll still be a fan when you get out!
She was taking steroids before she was involved with Montgomery. Her ex-husband testified that she was using steroids when she was with him. There is no one to blame but Marion herself.
She got off easy Ugly lil kim got a year for lying and refusing to cooperate, ol' girl was running a check scam also geez. Nobody ever said you had to be intelligent to be famous or an athlete.
Hey Peeps, Stop Playing The Race Card! Marion Jones was not a little girl and knew better. It was GREED that caused her to take the steroids and launder bogus checks. This is a sad story but WE BRING *** ON OURSELVES!!!!
That is true blazeofglory531
I don't know If I feel bad for her. Money will make most do immoral things like cheat and lie.
but i will say she's just as dumb as a project chick for gettin caught up in a check fraud scam with her defamed baby daddy...it's amazing how many "women" get caught up behing a ***.
that sentence seems kind of harsh
i think you put that on there last week. so come with something else. you know oprah is haven my baby next month you need to get at me i would tell you everything.
All of the people who claim they don't know why she 'snitched' on herself need to learn how to read. She confessed because she knew there was evidence against her that would lead to her being caught out, so in confessing she knew the maximum she could get was 6 months. If she had be caught and still continued to claim her innocence, we would now be talking about her being locked up for a lot longer than 6 months, and lets not forget her involvement with the fraud, which is so ironic, words actually fail me.
She has got off lightly, she needs to do her time - and I hope when she gets out she has the decency to disappear out of any sort of public life, I don't want to see any tell all books, newspaper stories, or to see her blubbering on tv... but some how I don't think she will.
i think it shuda stopped with her medals bein taken away coz the way she won them aint fair to her competitors but i dont think that she deserves to b in jail.. she didn hurt nybody but herself and all of us lie sumtyms so ya, she just nided a break.. steroids shuldn b illegal nyway. if chicks wanna luk like men and brothas wanna hav boobs let them!
WOW!! THEY TOOK EVERYTHING FROM HER. HOW CAN YOU BOUNCE BACK FROM LOSING ALL SHE HAD...? I'M AT A LOST FOR WORDS.