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Ex-Olympian Marion Jones released by women's team
July 21, 2011 / 9:56 PM / 6 years ago

Ex-Olympian Marion Jones released by women's team

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Disgraced Olympic sprinter Marion Jones has been released by the Tulsa Shock, putting her Women’s National Basketball Association career in jeopardy, the team said on Thursday.

<p>Tulsa Shock guard Marion Jones watches from the bench during first half action at their WNBA basketball game against the Minnesota Lynx in Tulsa, Oklahoma, May 15, 2010. REUTERS/Bill Waugh</p>

Jones, 35, had turned to basketball after being stripped of her five medals from the 2000 Sydney Olympics after admitting she had used performance-enhancing drugs. She served six months in prison for lying to federal investigators.

Jones appeared in 47 games for the Shock during the past two seasons, averaging 8.6 minutes a game. She was scoring less than a point a game in 14 contests this season.

“I want to thank the Tulsa Shock ... for providing me the opportunity to fulfill a dream,” Jones said in a statement. “I love the game and welcome another opportunity to contribute to women’s professional basketball.”

Reporting by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina; Editing by Frank Pingue

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