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Olympic sprinter Marion Jones
has officially joined the WNBA and will be playing basketball for the Tulsa Shock. Jones was stripped of her Olympic medals when she admitted to using illegal steroids. Jones also spent 6 months in a Texas federal prison for lying about her doping and also for her role in a check-fraud scam.
Tulsa Shock president Steve Swetoha told the press that he and the Shock are giving Marion Jones a second chance. He explained, "She made some ill-advised decisions in the past, but everyone deserves a second chance to excel at something they love." He went on to say, "The city of Tulsa gave a struggling franchise from Detroit a second chance, and I'm confident it will do the same for Marion. We couldn't be happier to have her on board."
Basketball isn't new for Marion Jones. In college, Jones was the starting point guard on North Carolina's national championship team in 1994.