*Former track sensation Marion Jones, who was stripped of the three Olympic track gold medals because of steroid use, has signed with the Tulsa Shock of the Women’s National Basketball Association.
Jones, 34, became the first female track and field athlete to win five medals at a single Olympics during the 2000 Games in Sydney. But she was forced to forfeit all five medals in 2007 after admitting use of performance-enhancing drugs.
A 5-foot-10 guard, Jones attended the University of North Carolina on a basketball scholarship and helped lead the school to the 1994 national championship. She worked out for several WNBA teams before signing with Tulsa, which is coached by former University of Arkansas men’s coach Nolan Richardson.
“I may not be your typical rookie in this league, but I’ll still bring that rookie energy,” Jones said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to competing against the best female athletes in the world.”
Jones served six months in a federal prison in 2008 for lying about steroid use and her knowledge of a check-fraud scam involving her ex-boyfriend, sprinter Tim Montgomery.
“She made some ill-advised decisions in the past, but everyone deserves a second chance to excel at something they love,” Shock President Steve Swetoha said.