Marion Jones Joins WNBA’s Tulsa Shock
Marion Jones is set to start a new career. The disgraced track star has signed with the WNBA’s Tulsa Shock, finally fulfiling her dream of playing in the world’s premier basketball league for women.
Jones said her joining the Shock is not about redeeming herself from the steroid scandal that ended her once-promising track-and-field career, rather its about her desire to compete with the best athletes in the world. “I’m a competitor, I want to play against the best in the world, and I know I will be doing that,” she said at a press conference where Shock president Steve Swetoha and coach Nolan Richardson formally introduced Jones as the newest member of the team.
In 2007, Jones was stripped of all five medals she won in the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics, including three gold medals, after she admitted to using a designer performance-enhancing drug called “Clear.” She spent six months in jail for perjury and a check-fraud scam.
Jones, who won a national championship while playing point guard for North Carolina in college, was the Phoenix Mercury‘s third-round draft pick in 2003, but she did not play a single game in the WNBA, deciding instead to concentrate on track and field.