I did not deserve six-month prison sentence for lying about steroid use: Jones

December 6th, 2010 - 6:42 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Dec 6(ANI): Former American track and field athlete Marion Jones has said that she did not deserve a prison term for lying about steroid use and involvement in a drugs fraud case.

Jones was given a six-month prison sentence in January 2008 after she admitted that she took steroids before the 2000 Sydney Olympics, where she won three gold medals.

“I know I broke the law and committed a crime by lying. My reputation, fame and fortune was lost. Learning that lesson would have benefited society more than putting me away for six months,” the BBC quoted Jones, as saying.

“In 2000, I had no idea that I had been given something illegal. At that point, I knew that I had just worked hard and I was blessed with an enormous amount of talent,” she added.

The 35-year-old further insisted that even if she had not been taking drugs, she would still have had a chance of glory in Sydney.

“Even before I was given the drugs, in 1998 I set my personal bests and my success as a junior gets overshadowed by what happened subsequently. I’m sure that if I hadn’t been given anything my chances of winning in Sydney would still have been pretty strong because I’m a hard worker,” Jones said. (ANI)

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