The other night my wife excitedly rushed home to watch the beginning of the 2008 Olympics! We would eat take out and watch the opening ceremonies together. I hadn't given the Olympics a second thought most of this year. I had no plans to watch any of the events at all, I told my wife. She was shocked! Why? She asked! The Country is at War! Kobe and the rest of the players are going over there trying to win a gold medal to cement their legacies and the countries just using them to make itself look good! The country is all jacked up! Plus just to put the kibosh on it! I haven't forgiven them for what they did or are doing to Marion Jones!
But I did wind up watching the opening ceremonies with my wife and I enjoyed them. I'm glad that I did. Now, I know some you will say Marion used Steroids! Did she? I don't recall her ever testing dirty do you? She didn't test dirty in High school, College, The Pan Am games, the golden games, the Olympic trails or anything never!
Blood test after blood test, urine sample after urine sample! But what about BALCO! Her ex was involved wasn't he? Yep! But Marion wasn't caught doing any substances and they didn't have any evidence that she did. They still don't! Tim Montgomery, the Ex, got caught up in the Balco scandal, had a check kiting thing going on that she got involved in too. Did she do something wrong possibly and probably! Should she have to pay for that? Yeah, she should if she was proven guilty! But let's talk real about it! The Feds needed a scapegoat! They haven't been able to get Barry, they probably won't either and they needed a high profile face to convict. So, they gangstered Marion! Admit to this and we will go easy on that! She makes a speech, gives back her medals and she becomes the poster child for steroids!
That was wrong! She wore that flag! And the IOC sold her out as well. Did ya go back and test everyone that ran those races? If so, who came up dirty? If they were all dirty and there is evidence from previous scandals that they probably were even if they were not using a super sophisticated agent like the clean or clear then all the races need to be wiped out, invalidated and the medals returned! Marion should not be singled out when the IOC didn't catch it!
Now here's a bunch of new athletes with inspirational stories to be exploited and again the IOC has not done much to insure that the so called problems that plagued previous contests will not continue well into the future.
Now, Marion politely asks the President to commute her sentence, to pardon her! He should and I hope he will. He will probably pardon far worse in the next sixty days I'm sure! As for the IOC you still have not done right because you don't want to know how ugly it may be! But, athlete beware! See what they've done to Marion, Michael and Ben, see how they whisper about Flo-Jo even in death! They will use you and throw you away! Think about that before you wrap that flag around ya self. America loved it when Marion did it! They exploited it to the hilt! Nike too but will Nike give Marion a job when this is all over even speaking about enduring scandal?
We still love you Marion!
BE Mindful! BE Prayerful! BE Careful!