The Day the WNBA died, Ex-Sprinter Marion Jones signs with Tulsa
Unlike some of my peers I have little faith in disgraced former track & field star Marion Jones. She lied to the media. She lied to her fans. Marion Jones even lied to herself. She cheated to get ahead and just like that guy in your office who will do anything to get "ahead" or the girl who scammed algebra answer from you in junior high (up-shirt feel-up still pending)she should never be trusted again.
Why am I slamming Marion Jones?
If you haven't heard the news, Ms. Jones signed on to play hoops for the WNBA's Tulsa Shock. The deal announced Wednesday amounts to a third and hopefully final chances for the 5 time Olympic Medalist (Jones has since been stripped of her Olympic Medals)
Cheating is one thing...lying to Federal Investigator a whole other matter, but sending your better half up shits creek without a paddle not once but twice is something that irritates me from a personal stand point.
Nobody cares about my personal feeling.
This is news and news is about facts and the facts behind this particular story are gory enough without making it personal. The WNBA has succeeded in looking and acting like her big brother (the NBA) by allowing a felon, cheater and person of generally poor character like Ms. Jones join one of the leagues franchises.
The WNBA does have a tremendous on court product and Marion Jones is, at least the last time I checked an athlete of some consequence, so on paper it certainly appears to be a good fit, however one of the things I've always liked about the WNBA is the considerable about of polish the league has on display on any given night.
I'm not talking about nail polish here.
I'm talking about class, sportsmanship, goodwill, humanity and many of the other quality that separate the WNBA from her big brother.
Keeping up with the Jones
Jones has had previous encounters with the WNBA. She was drafted in the third round of the 2003 WNBA Draft by the Phoenix Mercury but never played a game. Jones also worked out with the San Antonio Silver Star in 2009.
Jones played college basketball at the University of North Carolina where she was a member of the National Championship winning team in 1994. Jones jersey #20 hangs from the rafters at Carmichael Auditorium home to the North Carolina Tar Heels women's basketball team.
Jones left husband C.J. Hunter after Hunter failed four drug test leading up to the 2000 Olympics.
Jones has a son, Tim Montgomery Jr. with former sprinter and fellow dope cheat Tim Montgomery. Montgomery Sr also served time for his role in a check fraud scheme that Jones herself was also involved in. Montgomery is currently serving a 5 year sentence related to charges he sold hundreds of grams of heroin in the Virgina Beach area over a one year period.