The Truth at Last
Hers was at once a stunning and not entirely surprising fall from grace: The explosively fast sprinter had long been suspected of using performance enhancing drugs, after three men close to her—ex-husband C.J. Hunter and ex-boyfriend Tim Montgomery, both track stars, and former coach Trevor Graham—were all implicated in steroid scandals. (Hunter and Montgomery were both banned from competing for two years, while Graham, accused of lying to federal agents about distributing anabolic steroids, will go on trial next month.)
Jones finally came clean and pled guilty for lying to investigators about using steroids and about her role in a check-fraud scheme involving Montgomery. "She's a smart woman who made some stupid decisions," says Karen Dennis, coach of the 2000 U.S. Olympic track team. "She could have [won the medals] clean; she clearly had the talent."
Jones retired from track after giving testimony and returned her five Olympic medals Oct. 8. She is likely to be sentenced to a maximum of six months in prison when she returns to court Jan. 11. Living in Austin, Texas, with her son Tim, 4, and new husband, sprinter Obadele Thompson, Jones also claims she is flat broke. "She had everything in the world going for her," says Dennis Craddock, her track coach at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "It's a shame that she let it slip away."
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