Preview: Marion Jones: Press Pause – ESPN 30 for 30
BlackSportsOnline was invited to a private press screening of Marion Jones and her intimate, yet inspiring documentary of the rise and fall of her career. As many people may already know, Marion Jones was considered the fastest woman on earth and she was the recipient of many athletic achievements which included five medals from the 2000 Summer Olympics.
She was incarcerated in 2007 at Carswell federal prison for lying to federal investigators about her steroid use and soon saw her Olympic achievements disqualified. Her experiences and documentary, which are produced and directed by John Singleton and Paul Hunter, showed a vulnerable yet strong-willed Jones with a voice.
Her voice of determination and her resilient poise makes her still a role model. She admitted that she could have told the truth but she thought by lying she would be protecting her family and career. John Singleton was determined to have Marion Jones voice her own story as she lived it. This experience will be something she will live with forever.
We don’t want to give the entire story away, but you will be shocked, angry, uplifted and inspired all in one hour. Check out her compelling story November.2, Tuesday at 8pm EST.