Friday Sept 5, 2008
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Marion Jones is a free woman. The disgraced
American sprinter was released this morning from federal custody in
San Antonio after completing most of her six-month sentence for
lying about her steroid use. However, she remains on probation.
After years of denials, Jones admitted last October that she
used a designer steroid from September 2000 to July 2001. The drug
was linked to the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, the lab that
became the center of a steroids scandal that touched numerous
professional athletes, including baseball star Barry Bonds.
In 2004, Jones sued the founder of BALCO for defamation after he
said she used steroids. The lawsuit was settled the following year,
long before she told the truth in a federal courtroom. Jones gave back the three gold medals and two bronze medals she won at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney before the International Olympic Committee officially wiped her name from the record books in December.
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