When they get caught they really sound sorry, don't they?
So this time it's Marion "I thought it was flax seed oil" Jones that after being caught dead to rights admitted that she had used steroids.
Does this really surprise anyone?
I don't mean to sound like I don't believe anything but some of today's athletes are performing at super human levels. They have to have some "help". Winning is everything because there is a lot at stake.
After Jones won her medals in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney she became a millionaire. Since she was now recognized as great runner, she became famous.
FAMOUS = ENDORSEMENTS
So why wouldn't she do whatever was necessary to win.
And she would have happily continued to live the lie but could no longer do so because the evidence against her became overwhelming.
So what did she do. The honorable thing of course and admitted to all of it. Now she has given back her Olympic medals.
Not because it was the right thing to do, but because doing so will be in her best interest.
Why you ask?
Because she is broke right now and this will create a whole new income stream for her. The lucrative speakers circuit.
Right now former Olympic athletes are getting $10,000 + for an appearance. I'm sure that now, hers will be much more. After all there is so much more for her to talk about. And everyone loves to hear about tragedy.
I checked a few of the booking agencies and found that her fee is now "call for a quote" which means "we are getting a lot more than we used to".
Then there will be the books, television appearances; maybe a movie; and the press she will get from the tabloids.
She's going to make another fortune!
She may have had to do a "mea culpa" to get all this but the fame from winning the medals had already dwindled. There wasn't any more money in it.
This puts her back in the spotlight again.
P.T. Barnum had it right when he said ""I don't care what they write about me as long as they spell my name right."
Because it doesn't matter anymore. Any press you receive, good or bad seems to result in fame. Which translates to dollars.
If she was really sorry, we'd never hear from her again.
Like that will ever happen.....