Marion Jones Thompson on Oprah
Yesterday Jones did her first interview with Oprah Winfrey since serving six months in prison for lying to federal prosecutors. Oprah did a fabulous interview. She asked key and important questions, and if you want my opinion, Jones squirmed. She squirmed big time. Her words, face, and body language were riddled with clues that she wasn’t being honest with us.
Read moreI don’t think Jones learned her lesson, and to watch her for an entire hour play this “I’m sorry” role was nauseating. If you want my opinion Oprah’s eyebrows were up high, too.
Jones wants us to believe that she was taking flaxseed oil. She told us how she would put it under her tongue, how she was instructed to wait for a minute and then swallow it, and she expects us to believe she didn’t know it was a steriod? Who takes flaxseed oil like that? Anyone?
Give me a break.
Worse, she says when prosecutors showed her a vial with clear liquid and told her it was a steriod, she suddenly realized that the clear vial that she thought was flaxseed was in fact a steriod. In that minute, she wants us to believe she came to terms with what she did, and just decided to lie.
“Before they showed it to me, I never knew what it looked like because it wasn’t introduced to me as ‘the clear,'” she says. “So when they showed it to me and they said, ‘This is the substance,’ and I knew that I had taken that substance. I made the decision that I was going to lie. I was going to try and cover it up.”
This is ridiculous. Would you fess up if you believed you were innocent to a clear vial? Just like that?
More than that, Oprah asked if she ever confronted her trainer about it if she was misled, and Jones said no. Oprah asked her even to this day? And Jones said no, again.
“In that fateful moment, Marion says many thoughts ran through her head. “I thought about my family. I thought about how proud they were when I won the medals and when I achieved success and how disappointed they would be,” she says. “I thought about my finances. I thought about my sponsors.”
But she didn’t think about the person who she says duped her?
Anyone buying this story?
When we are wronged, framed, or lied to, we as humans get angry, get upset, and feel violated. We take action and seek answers, but not Marion. She wants you to believe she is the exception to the rule. It’s highly suggestive that she was a willing participant the whole time.
More than that, Oprah played a clip from 20/20 where the drug company founder, Victor Conte, said he saw Jones shoot up once. Oprah asked Jones why would Victor Conte lie? Jones didn’t have an answer, but amazingly she did admit to having met Conte.
Jones says she has permanently retired from the sport, but now wants to help people. Isn’t that ironic? I think she needs to take a good look in the mirror. People aren’t going to be fooled by this one. I think the person who still needs help is Jones herself.
If anyone finds any video online of this interview, let me know. I will consider writing up a review of the body language I see.