After spending time in prison and reflecting on life, former world-class track athlete Marion Jones wants the public to know she is sorry. She was busted for taking performance-enhancing drugs (unknowingly she said at the time) and was stripped of her 5 Olympic medals from 2000 because of it. Marion Jones was also involved in a check-fraud scam which helped put her behind bars in 2008. What she is most sorry about is lying to investigators about her drug use. She has written a book about everything she has gone through called On The Right Track and hits shelves today.
Marion Jones explains who she is today:
I surely wish that I could go back and change certain things in my past, on one hand, but then I wouldn’t be who I am today, someone who I’m actually really proud of. If I hadn’t gone through certain things, and because I had those six months or whatever – just a lot of quiet time – if I hadn’t gone through it, I don’t know if I would ever have that much time to reflect. A lot of people don’t.
Because of her experiences, Marion Jones has changed who she is and has redefined success. Some of her inspiration comes from her faith and her book quotes several biblical passages. She went on to say:
My story is unique, in that the first part of my life, my journey, I hit the pinnacle of my career, and it was a very public career, and then I made decisions that cost me all of that. And so I was at that low point. But I didn’t give up. I kind of developed a way to get out of that, and I’m on my way back up.
Good for her. One thing Marion Jones makes clear is that she did NOT go to prison for using performance-enhancing drugs. She explains, “I went to federal prison because I lied. That’s my crime. I could look back and I can say, ‘Gosh, I wish I wouldn’t have been so trusting.’ But I really wish I wouldn’t have lied. That’s my regret.”