Should we be surprised that she and her husband have pulled out of an IAAF sanctioned event to run in Jamaica? With the interrogating questions that she had to answer on ESPN last Sunday after one of her events at the Penn Relays, shouldn't Marion Jones who has yet to have tested positive for steroid usage be allowed to train for this year's Olympics in the meets and events that she wants?
Also, with Sunday's reports that Marion Jones and her husband Tim Montgomery were two of the twenty-seven athletes reportedly given to federal investigators by Victor Conte of BALCO, which Conte and lawyers for both the athletes and Conte vehemently deny, it's plain to see that Jones and Montgomery are under hot lamp of interrogation. Do you think they want to go to an IAAF sanctioned event in Japan, where track and field has a huge following, to answer the questions provided by the world media circus that are demanding BALCO answers?
Yes, she has placed herself in a very difficult position in the the track and field world. Her associations have been bewildering. Her marriage to C.J. Hunter, her alliance last summer with Charlie Francis, who was Ben Johnson's trainer during the 88 Seoul Olympics and who was also banned by the ITF for providing steroids to his sprinters, and her new marriage with Tim Montgomery, who is now on the BALCO hot list, have wrought sonar alerts to question her performances and her training methods over the past four years.
However, the request made by Selena Roberts in her article in the New York Times, which calls on C.J. Hunter to speak on behalf of Marion to support her during this time, would be inviting a matrix filled with trouble for Marion.
After Hunter was busted for having over 1000 times the amount of an illegal substance in his body during his performance at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, he walked to the stand with Victor Conte by his side to explain why he had the substance in his body, and why the substance was confused with iron supplements. With that mind, does Marion Jones want to bring C.J. Hunter back into her life to speak on her behalf? Also, is it really that strange that Hunter, who was her husband at the time, wrote a check from his wife's account for $7,250? With that also in mind, does she want to invite more prying into her private life because her husband wrote a check with her name on it four years ago?
Not a good plan.....
I remember seeing C.J. Hunter working out often at Belk Track with Marion Jones throughout the nineties. I believe it's best for Marion to treat the association with Hunter the same way that UNC treated the material that was pulled from Belk Track last summer......Roll it up, cart it off, melt it down, and turn the material into pencil erasers to remove blemishes.....She has been tested over seventy random times in the last year, and has yet to test positive. She should be able to train and run where and how she wants. Remember, she will be tested hard not only in Athens, but throughout the summer....but please keep C.J far and away.....
Isn't the white hot light hot enough?