Former Sprinter Marion Jones Shifts to Basketball
Former Olympic gold medalist for athletics Marion Jones is training in basketball with possibilities of making a comeback by playing for a European team and in the Women’s NBA (WNBA). She is 34.
The ex-sprinter has been training with WNBA San Antonio Silver Stars since October. Team coach Dan Hughes has not been informed on whether Jones has what it takes to play in WNBA, but he already praised her for trying. She had played basketball in college with North Carolina’s Tar Heels with the position as starting point guard.
Jones fell from grace after she admitted that she once took undetectable and banned steroids tetrahydrogestrinone (THG) in 2000 and 2001. She was stripped of the three gold medals and two bronze awards that she won at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. She later retired after the International Association of Athletics Federations banned her for two years.
Due to her lying to the investigators about taking the performance enhancement drugs and in addition, on her role in a cheque fraud plot, she was sentenced to prison for six months in January 2008.