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Marion Jones to Appear on Wednesday’s Oprah

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Oprah Winfrey has invited a convicted felon and cheat to grace her studios to discuss the legal issues that led to her six-month jail sentence for lying about steroid use and committing check fraud — Marion Jones's first interview since being sentenced last Friday to a six-month prison sentence.

Wednesday's show will air at 16:00 (4 p.m.) EST.

Was Oprah not once bitten already by Marion Jones (and Tim Montgomery, her ex-boyfriend with whom she has a previous child outside of her new marriage) when she hosted them as guests on her show, "World Record Winners"?

Was she not twice shamed when her telephone guest, the same Marion Jones — discussing the virtues of self-esteem — turned out to be a sham with serious sociopathic tendencies?

Now Oprah is up for a third time charmer with a woman many in America feel sorry for and want to reach out and touch. Oprah is making that happen for a woman who will say what you want to hear and ride out on a stream of emotions fit for the minute to add the finishing touches to her believability.

Oprah may discuss the charges to which Marion Jones was ultimately held responsible, pleaded guilty and for which she has been sentenced. Unfortunately, if Oprah is unable to provide her good research advice between today and tomorrow's program, she will miss out on a grand opportunity to put Marion Jones on the spot and frankly ask Marion for proof that she didn't dope from 1997-2000.

Oprah should request Marion Jones to prove that she is not lying about any other time frame in her history – not by method of Polygraph tests or the good words others put in, but concrete proof that Marion climbed up the international ladder fairly, squarely, and without the aid or assistance of any drugs – their legal status or discovery at the time she was competing notwithstanding.

Marion Jones won't be able to answer that question honestly, however, as what she states on tomorrow's show may be used against her by Trevor Graham's lawyers when his trial sets off in June. She has lost her right to plead the Fifth in Graham's trial insofar as she has pleaded guilty to the charges levied against her by the U.S. government.

Graham will likely state that Marion used steroids from 1997-onward in an effort which serves two purposes: 1) Keeping himself from perjuring himself; 2) Ensuring Marion is punished for having drawn a line in the sand pointing at Graham as the sole responsible party for her Sydney 2000 successes.

Marion Jones will appear on Oprah tomorrow in her first interview since being sentenced to six months incarceration at a minimum-security facility – the first one which opens that the government feels is suitable with respect to space and with consideration to her request to stay near to her family.

Oprah's international audience will hear Marion speak of having lied when she shouldn't have – something she'll likely say was "incredibly stupid", but she will not take responsibility for her drug-taking. Oprah needs to drive the sword through that myth and help Marion take responsibility for her own actions rather than avoid it and pass her woes off as being the fault of everyone else but her.

Otherwise, it will be a trip to the Doctor Phil show and a 10-minute-attempt-to-fix scenario which sees her say she's lied, but has never willingly cheated.

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  • http://Raleigh,NC Maria

    What has that got to do with Oprah? Of course she is going to get an controversial figure on her show so that her ratings stay up. That’s what most media outlets do, so what are you having trouble with. If she could have interviewed Jeffrey Dahmer, don’t you think she would have? She has all kinds of people on her show, so don’t act as if she has never done this. If the rest of the media outlets could get her story, they would be interviewing her too, Oprah just happens to be the one she talks to.

  • http://blogcritics.org/writer/aaron_kemp Aaron

    It would be nice to see Oprah ask some tough questions, but Oprah’s been never been one for her hard hitting interviews. Expect nothing less that an excuse-fest for Marion’s behavior.

  • Markus

    Expected nothing from Marion Jones, and received nothing but a few made-for-Oprah moments. Oprah asked the questions of Jones, just not the right ones.

  • Eva

    Angry much??? Perhaps a scarlet letter branded into her chest might be suitable? Enron, Texaco and other white collar criminals get far less flack (as do certain types of athletes). Makes one wonder what the anger is really all about….

  • Ken

    I felt bad for Marion until I realized that she is playing a game with you, with me, and with the author here. Marion has been involved in illegal activities for the past 10 years and is asking a lot of us to extend forgivness to her when she continues to hide truth and remain ambiguous about her current and recent dealings on the matter.

    She’s a public figure, and does appear on the front of every newspaper today. That she continues to lie when it was a lie which snared her, is beyond belief.

  • post2

    I guess Roger Clemens is up next, after he finally stops lying and admits to steroid use.

  • http://jones Richard G.

    Oprah

    Here they go again,It’s a travesty what that RAT FINK IS DID TO Marion Jones. They should put the RAT FINK IN JAIL NOT Marion Jones. CLOSE YOUR EYES THEN “THINK” HARD ABOUT WHAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT IN THIS WORLD. WELL DID YOU DO WHAT I SADE? Oprah it dosn’t come close to what THE I.R.S WILL DO TO YOU. THERE IS NO LAW STATING THAT ANYONE HAS TO PAY INCOME TAX. I DON’T KNOW HOW TO EXPRESS MY SELF ANY BETTER THEN THIS. OPRAH I AM 53YR OLD AND IM DYSLEXIC. WITH OUT MY FRANLN AND SPELL CHECK IM UNABLE TO TYPE THIS LETTER TO YOU. BUT I KNOW THE DEFIANCE BETWEEN RIGHT AND WRONG OPRAH. AND WHAT THEY ARE DOING TO MARION JONES IS WORNG. THE I.R.S USE SCAR TACTIC’S THEY HAVE NO RIGHT DOING WHAT THAT DO OPARH. WHY DOSNT’ ANY ONE STAND UP AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. SOME ONE LIKE YOU OPARH. I KNOW SOMEONE THAT WILL GIVE ANYONE 50K IF THEY CAN FIND THE TAX CODE THAT SAY’S THE WORKING PEOPLE HAVE TO PAY INCOME TAXS. BUT INSTEAD WE HAVE SHOWS LIKE THIS, LETS HANG JONES. ITS A SMOKE SCREEN OPARH. There are to many more IMPORTANT things to focus on Oparh “HELP” “HELP” TELL THE TRUTH OPARH!! JONES SHE’S ONE OF THE GREAT ONES!!

    YOUR BUDDY
    RICH G.

  • Fetch

    Marion Jones confessed, she is going to serve her time, and she will come out and live her life, take care of her two children and do well. For all of you that have negative things to say about her, at least she has her children and not walking around speaking in a British accent, dating a paparazzi, doing hard drugs, showing her crotch, cutting off her hair, running into parked automobiles, not showing up to Court, and acting like a pure idiot.

    Unfortunately, Marion is not a rich heiresses, or a popular actress she would only serve a few minutes or days in jail. You people don’t think.

  • Mel B

    I watched Marion Jones on Oprah today & she really needs to quit. All she did was smile and act all happy. I liked the questions that Oprah asked because Marion seemed to be trying to explain to us how other people do bad stuff all the time. Accept responsibility for your actions & quit trying to fool us. She cheated a lot of athletes out of their futures and for her to sit down & give a time interview was disrespectful. Now she wants to be a motivational speaker… is she serious???? She just wants more money from consumers and if anyone had some common sense, she’d get her act together.

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