08-20-2006, 03:34 PM #1
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Track Star Marion Jones Fails Drug Test
Jones' Coach Confirms Failed Drug Test
August 20, 2006 1:00 p.m. EST
Matthew Smith - All Headline News Staff Writer
Raleigh, NC (AHN) - The coach of Marion Jones confirmed Saturday that the star track and field sprinter tested positive for erythropoietin. Jones is claiming, however, that she never knowingly took a performance-enhancing drug.
In an interview with Reuters, Steve Riddick said he talked to Jones on the telephone and was shocked to hear what she had to say.
Riddick said, "She said I have got some traces of EPO. I started laughing, but she said she was serious."
Jones immediately withdrew from the Zurich Golden League meet Friday and returned to the United States after finding out her results. A source told Reuters that Jones had failed another drug test prior to U.S. championships in Indianapolis.
The 30-year-old Jones is waiting for her "B" sample to return, and if it's found positive, she will face a minimum two-year ban from the sport.
Riddick has worked closely with Jones that past two years and strongly insists she never took any kind of illegal substance.
Riddick said, "I would stake my life on it she did not take EPO."
Jones has been on hiatus from the sport since 2003, the same year she gave birth. In 2000, she won five medals, including three golds at the Olympics.
Riddick can't think of any logical reason why Jones would take EPO.
"It don't make no sense unless she wanted to commit public suicide."
Jones' general counsel, Rich Nichols, said in a statement to Reuters, "Marion Jones has always been clear, she has never taken performance-enhancing substances, not now, not ever."
At this rate you begin to wonder who's gonna get busted next.
08-20-2006, 03:49 PM #2
Re: Track Star Marion Jones Fails Drug Test
I thought she dumped CJ Hunter?
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