Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Marion Jones Planning to give WNBA a Shot
Former Olympic winning sprinter Marion Jones is said to be training for a tryout with a WNBA team. In 2000, Jones won three medals (3 gold, 2 bronze) in the Sydney Olympics, being dubbed the fastest woman in the world at the time.
However, after years of denying doping allegations, Jones finally confessed to the performance-enhancing drug use a couple of years ago. She was forced to serve a 6 month prison sentence for perjury, and was stripped of her medals, as well as her teammates who won as part of two relay teams.
Now Jones is trying to return to her basketball roots. In addition to running track at University of North Carolina, she was also a freshman point guard for the 1994 National Championship winning team basketball team.
At the age of 34 and three children later, it's going to be tough for Jones to hang. However, I can't see one of the WNBA squads not taking a shot on her. Every year a team goes extinct, and it seems like it's only a matter of time before the league folds all together.
She hopes to play in Europe this Winter before experimenting with the WNBA. I wish her much luck with that.