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SAN ANTONIO, December 1 – Disgraced former athletics star Marion Jones has been training with the Women's NBA San Antonio Silver Stars about making a comeback in basketball for European and US teams at age 34.MARION_JONES_The one-time hero of the 2000 Sydney Olympics was released from a federal prison in September of last year after serving a six-month sentence for lying about taking performance-enhancing drugs and her role in a check fraud plot.

Jones denied she was a dope cheat for years before finally confessing in federal court that she took once-undetectable steroids in 2000 and 2001, which led to her being stripped of three gold medals and two bronzes from Sydney.

Jones, a sprint star before her doping revelation, told the New York Times she had been working with the assistants to Silver Stars coach Dan Hughes since October with hope of playing in Europe soon and the Women’s NBA next year.

"I thought it would be an interesting journey if I decided to do this," Jones told the newspaper. "It would give me an opportunity to share my message to young people on a bigger platform.

"It would give me an opportunity to get a second chance."

Jones played college basketball at North Carolina, starting at point guard on the Tar Heels’ 1994 US college championship squad.

"It’s important for people to know that it’s possible to make a mistake in your life, but it’s what you do after the mistake that people are going to remember you by," Jones told the Times.

"Are you going to make whatever negatives that happened in your life a positive? Are you going to disappear? That has certainly never been in my horizon."

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12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. William Makora

    June 6, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    … And his grandmother will be able to bless him for the future of Sasha and Malia. America still needs their brilliance!

    • Bea Houseoffashion

      June 6, 2013 at 4:55 pm

      Obama and his kids are already blessed. They don’t have to come to a corrupt country to attain a blessing. a blessing can be handed even over the phone.

      • William Makora

        January 14, 2014 at 3:19 pm

        Bea, if blessing can be handed over the phone then why do you think Obama and Michel came for them before he could stand for presidency?!

  2. Carey

    June 6, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    How bankrupt….choices have consequences,accept and move on!

  3. viru5Detected

    June 7, 2013 at 6:22 am

    Obama is on a tour of Africa as the head of state of the USA, as a holder of the highest
    public office in his country, not as a member of the Obama family. No one is stopping him from having a family reunion but that should be done in his own time and on his own expense. It is not for US taxpayers to fund his personal trips to visit his family. Whether or not he has family here is irrelevant to his responsibilitites as the president of the US.

    Also, I doubt he’s losing sleep over the fact that a you don’t consider him a “true jakom” – whatever that’s supposed to mean to a man who is pretty much considered the most powerful man in the world.
    And those roots that you keep shoving down his throat didn’t seem to be an issue when his father abandoned him and his mother

  4. Bonnie Adhana

    June 7, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Work and family don’t march. Obama is on a work tour.

  5. Tickle-my funny bone

    June 7, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Is nobody seeing the satire in this piece? Hilarious.

    • marloow

      June 10, 2013 at 4:01 am

      I saw the satire…just as I saw the tribal digs…and responded accordingly.

  6. charles

    June 9, 2013 at 10:49 am

    this is ridicule. the writer is obviously saying obama snubbed his relatives in nyanza and not kenya as a country

  7. marloow

    June 10, 2013 at 4:00 am

    I know that Kenyans who want an end to tribalism, impunity
    and corruption support President Obama’s decision not to visit Kenya, a country
    whose president and deputy president are facing crimes against humanity charges
    at The Hague. These Kenyans are jubilant that Mr. Obama is not lending the
    gravitas of his office to a country whose first president has been implicated
    in the assassination of at least 3 political opponents, grabbing land from “raia”
    and promoting tribalism and nepotism as a form of governance.

    Mr. Obama’s high-powered and impressive secret
    service entourage consisting of more than 20 cars will not add to the traffic
    jam the city in the sun and Kenya’s capital Nairobbery is notorious for. The
    parking boys, the corrupt cops, Mr. Kidero’s efforts notwithstanding, and the
    street vendors can continue their daily ngima or life (in Obama’s father’s
    language Dholuo).

    Since Mr. Kenyatta and Mr. Ruto have been accused of
    the most heinous of crimes – organizing and funding the mass murder of the very
    people they now lord over, Mr. Obama’s decision to skip Kenya is easy to
    understand. Additionally, that Obama Sr.’s tribe the Luo were marginalized by
    the current president’s father Jomo makes it extremely easy to comprehend how
    POTUS can swing by Kenya’s neighbors to the south and better examples of tribal
    harmony and good governance Tanzania and Madiba Mandela’s South Africa.

    Recognizing non-tribal and uncorrupt governance is
    completely in-Kenyan. Glad Mr. Obama is American in that regards!

    The one thing Mr. Obama can do is let the ICC
    process run its course including letting the two “digital” suspects Skype with
    Ms. Bensouda.

    Obama and Uhuru can both identify with smoking, the
    former even wrote about doing bhangi in his best seller Dreams of my Father. Maybe once the latter is absolved of crimes
    against humanity, Mama Ngina can hold a prayer vigil for the two as they
    partake in some murat…if achwaka is not readily available. The two
    fifty-something can then be true munenes and jambas!

    Fortunately for Obama Jr., he grew up in America; a
    country which overcame its racist past to elect someone of Luo descent to the White
    House before Kenya could overcome its tribal legacy and “elect a Luo” to the
    State House.

    Wuod K’Ogelo won’t have to worry whether his Luo
    heritage will cause Mr. Kimemia’s goons to stop him and his entourage from
    accessing the VIP Lounge. Similarly, he does not have to worry about the crazy
    Republicans using photos of him and ICC suspects during the next presidential campaigns!

    So while most Kenyans, especially those from the
    Lake region would love to see the pomp and power of the American presidency, as
    embodied by one of their own, those who want justice for victims of crimes Mr.
    Kenyatta and Mr. Ruto are accused of fomenting fully understand Mr. Obama’s
    decision not to “biro kuma inego ji mayot and ocha jo kor gi”

  8. mimi

    June 11, 2013 at 5:07 am

    He owes his Kenyan grandmother NOTHING! His father abandoned him, remember…..he first came to Kenya just to make peace with his roots & he did, and moved on. But you do not expect a grown-up man well past twenty years of age to meet his enstranged family after suffering abandonment issues & start planning for yearly family vacations to the beach with them. His mother, maternal grandma & granddad were his real pillars….

  9. ahmed hanad

    August 3, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Are you aware that the so called granny is a stepgranny not the real one. This is a nother fake lie from Luoland, after stolen elections, Kethis stolen slips, stolen sirens.

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