WASHINGTON, Oct 4, 2007 (AFP) – Sprint superstar Marion Jones, who has dodged doping allegations for years, has admitted using steroids before her triumphant 2000 Olympics campaign, the Washington Post reported on Thursday. The Post, in a story posted on its website, said Jones had written to family and friends to tell them she would plead guilty on Friday to lying to federal agents about her drug use.
The New York Daily News, citing law enforcement sources, said Jones would appear in federal court in White Plains, New York, on Friday and plead guilty to two counts of lying to a federal agent.
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The Post, citing a letter Jones had sent to “close family and friends,” said the 31-year-old athlete admitted using a steroid in the build-up to the Sydney Games, where her five medals included three golds.
The Post reported that in the letter, Jones said she took the steroid produced by the Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative (BALCO) known as “the clear” for two years beginning in 1999.
Jones, once hailed as the greatest woman athlete in the world, was one of many high-profile athletes who testified before the federal grand jury investigating BALCO, a probe that has resulted in five convictions.