Marion Jones reportedly admits to using steroids
Marion Jones will reportedly plead guilty in Friday in New York to lying to federal agents about her steroid use, according to the Washington Post. Jones wrote in a letter to friends and family Thursday that she used the BALCO steroid â€śthe clearâ€? for two years while preparing for the 2000 Sydney Olympics, reports the Washington Post.
Jones won five medals, three gold, at the Sydney games, and was given â€śthe clearâ€? by her former coach, Trevor Graham. Jones said that Graham told her it was flaxseed oil rather than the clear. Graham declined to comment on the situation, according to the Washington Post.
BALCO is the lab formerly run by Victor Conte. The lab has been the center of the steroid scandal in sports since it was brought down in 2003. Conte had alleged that Jones had used â€śthe clearâ€? ever since the scandal became public knowledge.
"I want to apologize for all of this. I am sorry for disappointing you all in so many ways,â€? read Jonesâ€™ letter, according to the Associated Press.
In 2006, Jones was accused of testing positive for the performance-enhancing substance EPO, but was later cleared of the allegations when her â€śBâ€? sample came back negative, according to the Associated Press.
Jones had been considered to be one of the best female athletes in the nation at the time of her success at the Sydney Olympics.