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Few athletes in Olympic history have reached such heights and depths as Marion Jones. After starring at the University of North Carolina and winning gold at the 1997 and '99 World Track and Field Championships, her rise to the top culminated at the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney, Australia. There, she captivated the world with her beauty, style and athletic dominance as she sprinted and jumped to three gold medals and two bronze. Eventually, though, her accomplishments and her reputation would be tarnished. For years, Jones denied the increasing speculation that she used performance-enhancing drugs. But in October 2007, she finally admitted what so many had long suspected -- that she had indeed used steroids. Jones was sentenced to six months in prison for lying to federal investigators and soon saw her Olympic achievements disqualified. Now a free woman, Jones is running in a new direction in life and taking time to reflect. Written by ESPN Films

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Disingenuous
27 August 2015 | by See all my reviews

Director John Singleton does his best to promote Marion Jones as this wonderful person who was essentially mistreated by a US criminal justice system that is biased against blacks.

The claim is made that it was unfair to send Jones to prison just because she used performance-enhancing drugs. The claim is made that Jones had to go to a nasty old regular prison, instead of a "club- med" style prison like Martha Stewart got to go to. Here is a tidbit of truth: Jones did not go to prison for using performance- enhancing drugs; she went to prison for LYING to a federal grand jury. She lied repeatedly and passionately to the grand jury. That will get you sent to prison... well, most of the time.

Jones claims she was put into solitary confinement due to a fight that another inmate started, where the other inmate ended up cut and bloody. Why do I doubt Jones' veracity here? Because she is a proved self-serving LIAR.

Jones is still cultivating her celebrity with speaking tours crafted to make her look like a hero, and Singleton is doing everything he can to assist in the sanitation effort by producing this film. It's not a documentary at all; it's a love letter.


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