Olympic sprinter Marion Jones did her first post-prison interview with Oprah on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” this week.
Marion Jones was released last month from a Texas federal prison after serving a six-month sentence for lying about steroid use.
“I made the decision I was going to lie and try to cover it up,” Marion Jones said to Oprah about lying to prosecutors when they showed her a vial of ‘The Clear,’ a designer steroid. “I knew that all of my performances would be questioned.”
In addition to her disgrace and medal withdrawal, Marion Jones’ actions have also impacted her U.S. relay teammates who lost their 2000 Olympic medals after being disqualified by The International Olympic Committee. The committee conceded that none of the other team members have broken any rules.
“When I stepped on that track, I thought everybody was drug-free, including myself,” Marion Jones explained that she thought the drug was flaxseed oil. “I apologize for having to put everybody through all of this.”