C.J. Hunter was later banned from Track & Field for using illegal substances. Marion and C.J. divorced soon after.
Then there was her relationship with Track & Field sprinter Tim Montgomery. She also has a child with Tim. Within the last year he has been convicted of bank fraud. He was also banned from Track & Field for drug use.
Then just several weeks ago, Marion announced that she was broke. Now according to media reports, Marion sent a letter to family and friends telling them that she has indeed used steroids. Over the last couple of years Marion has adamantly denied any steroid use. She will according to reports admit this use of performance enhancing drugs to federal authorities as soon as today. And there is a chance Marion will actually serve a short time in jail.
Also according to the letter Marion says she used the performance enhancing drugs just prior to the 2000 Olympics. In those Olympic games Marion won three gold medals.
This has to be one of the all-time tragic stories in sports history. Very few athletes have fallen from such heights. Marion was considered the golden women in Track & Field and although Track & Field is only marginally popular here in the U.S., Marion was the exception and was a star. I wasn't a Michael Vick fan, so his fall from grace was just news to me. But I was a fan of Marion Jones, I was emotionally invested in her success. I remember the news conference from a couple of years ago when she denied ever having used performance enhancing drugs.
I believed her when she said she had not used drugs.
So, now I along with every other Marion Jones and Track & Field fan find myself very sad and disappointed. All in all I hope Marion does not go to jail. I also hope that Marion Finds her way back to success. She has made some horrible decisions and now she's paying the price, and so are her fans.
Read more about Marion Jones current admission here.