3 Dec 2009

Marin Jones wants to play in WNBA

8:10 am on 3 December 2009

The disgraced American sprinter Marion Jones is in basketball training with a view to playing in the women's NBA.

Jones left prison in September last year after serving a six-month sentence for lying about steroid use and involvement in a drugs fraud case.

Reports state that the 34-year-old has been working on her skills in San Antonio since October.

Jones played college basketball at North Carolina, where she was the starting point guard on their national championship team in 1994.

She also told the New York Times that she hopes to play in Europe this new yearr and in the WNBA next season.

In October 2007, Jones admitted lying to investigators that she took the banned anabolic steroid THG before the Games.

The United States athlete pleaded guilty to two charges of perjury and admitted to using the drug between September 2000 to July 2001.

Jones also pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators in 2003 about a separate cheque fraud case involving her former boyfriend, sprinter Tim Montgomery.

She was sentenced in January 2008 by a federal judge in New York and went to prison on 7 March last year.

Jones was stripped of the five medals she won at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and retired from athletics after being given two-year ban by the International Association of Athletics Federations.