24 Jul 2008

Call for Bush not to pardon Jones over drug use

6:18 am on 24 July 2008

The new chief of U.S. Track & Field has asked U.S. President George W. Bush not to pardon or commute disgraced sprinter Marion Jones's conviction for making false statements to federal investigators about her drug use.

Doug Logan says in a letter to Bush to reduce Jones' sentence or pardon her would send a horrible message to young people who idolized her and reinforce the notion that you can cheat and get away with it.

Jones, who won five medals at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, admitted in federal court last October to lying to prosecutors about her steroid use.

The admission came after years of denial by Jones that she had used performance-enhancing drugs.

She's now serving a six month prison term and has given back her medals.