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The Devil and Miss Jones

Posted Oct 09 2007 12:00am

Oct 9, 2007 by James Ponti | Categories , , , , ,

Marion Jones has admitted to the world that she cheated and abused drugs in order to reach the pinnacle of women’s track and field. She has been suspended from competition and has returned the five medals she won at the 2000 Olympics.

In the wake of this disclosure, words that have been commonly used in the public discourse include “sad” and “disappointing.” They’re interesting words because they have not been used much - if at all -in the discussions about other athletes who have achieved (or have been accused of achieving) a pharmaceutical advantage.

Why are we treating Marion differently?

I think a big part of the answer is parenting.

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