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Marion Jones Claims Ignorance

Marion Jones after a 2006 event.  Getty Images.

Today former Olympic champion Marion Jones sat down with Oprah Winfrey in the first interview she's given since her release from prison on September 5th of this year.

Jones completed a six month sentence at the Federal Medical Center, Carswell after she pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents about her use of illegal substances during her athletic career.

Marion Jones holds a press conference after withdrawing from the women's 200 Meter competition at the U.S. Olympic Team Track & Field Trials on July 17, 2004 at the Alex G. Spanos Sports Complex in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images Sport)

Jones told Oprah that she didn't know she was taking performance-enhancing drugs, but harmless and legal  supplements.  When Oprah asked her what kind of supplements Jones thought she was taking, Jones blanked and said it had been so long since she had to discuss it.  Considering she only pleaded guilty a year ago, and considering these were the details that sent her to jail, you'd think she'd remember.

Jones answered more than one question by qualifying it with "if I remember correctly," which seems like a weak cop-out and an easy means of being evasive.  She claims she trusted the people around her, and that's why she ended up lying to the feds.  Doesn't add up.  And what's the point in pointing fingers to save face now, when you've already been stripped of your medals?

More Marion Jones pictures:
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  • Marion Jones in USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Day 2
  • Marion Jones in USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Day 2
  • Marion Jones in USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Day 2
  • Marion Jones in USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Day 2
  • Marion Jones in USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Day 2
  • Marion Jones in USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Day 2
  • Marion Jones in USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Day 2
  • Marion Jones in U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Track and Field Day 7
  • Marion Jones in U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Track and Field Day 7
  • Marion Jones in U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Track and Field Day 7
  • Marion Jones in U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Track and Field Day 7
  • Marion Jones in U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Track and Field Day 7
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