Shamed Jones to shoot hoops

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The Independent Online

The disgraced former American sprinter Marion Jones is attempting to relaunch her sporting career as a professional basketball player. Jones was an outstanding basketball talent before choosing athletics in 1996.

In 2008 the former Olympic 100 metres and 200m champion spent almost six months in jail after admitting to perjury, conceding she had used steroids, and due to her involvement in a cheque fraud. She was also stripped of her medals. She has since come around to the idea of returning to women's basketball.

"It would give me an opportunity to get a second chance," she said. "I think I can be an asset to a [WNBA] franchise, so it comes down to, why not? Really. Why not?"