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August 3rd, 2012
02:34 PM ET

Clips from Last Night: Marion Jones on the latest Olympic doping scandal; Samuel L. Jackson's Olympic tweets

On Thursday evening, former sprinter Marion Jones joined Piers Morgan to weigh in on the doping allegations centered around 16-year old Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen. The Olympian was accused of doping when her last 50-meter split of her gold medal winning 400-meter individual medley performance clocked in faster than the final leg of American champion Ryan Lochte's own gold medal performance.

"I think it's very unfortunate," remarked Jones. "The attention she should be attracting right now is a good one."

"I mean, she has set a world record," said Jones. "She swam some incredible times, of course, but, you know, WADA has not come out to say that she had any harmful drug tests or anything. And so it's just very unfortunate."

Now more than a decade since her own historic Olympic performance, and subsequent fallout following revelations of performance-enhancing drug use, Jones is openly telling her own cautionary tale. In the upcoming audiobook "On the Right Track," the 36-year-old mother details her "dizzying rise to fame, her precipitous fall, and the unexpected ramifications of both journeys."

Morgan also took time on Thursday to showcase some Olympic tweets from "the world's coolest man," Samuel L. Jackson.

Jackson has been a frequent commenter on the games relaying his opinions via twitter. Regarding gymnastics, Jackson tweeted the following: "OK. That was drunk lady staggering flip dismount. Made famous by many girls missing the top step in da club."

Watch the clips, and listen to the interviews as Morgan continues his coverage of the 2012 London Olympic games.
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  1. Prai

    Watching sprinters like Jones, Ben J was a joy.-speed -elegance-thrill; also with MJ 200, 400 runs. Sadness fills when one was implicated in drug etc.and want to believe they didn't. They can do elegantly even without such aids.

    Watching this program the following crossed my mind. How can one enjoy the moment knowing one is not clean. It is not a momentary or mistake of short duration -if true. I suppose it takes long use of substances. Pierce poses the question if much severe punishment is warranted. Giving second chance is a good character of forgiveness. Will severe consequences deter such behaviors? Then more likely can avoid agony but retain the pleasure of win for the runner and watching for the spectators.

    August 3, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Gary DiNardo

    If the Chinese and S. Korean athletes are having their dog meat flown in, is it tested for drugs upon importation?

    August 4, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. funny US doping

    US doping in 2012, great!

    August 6, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. sololady00

    Really? The world has seen that the US athletes are dirty. Punish them . Take away all the medals, so the rest of us in the world can play on a level field. Of course Marion would say that!!What else do you expect her to say? We should be able to sue her and give the money she got in endorsements to the people who got bronze and silver. But now we cannot cause she blew her money anyways. As a proud Jamaican, it angers me to hear rubbish like this when others are racing 100% natural, and unable o get a fair chance due to these criminals.

    August 6, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Phoenix

      Hey @sololady00,
      I see how you spent your Jamaica 50th.
      It's clear that drugs are quite pervasive and even if we're limiting things to legal compounds 'natural' is not so simple a word. I was working on http://whatisresilience.com/2013/01/24/ontherighttrack/ which is a review of Jones' book and it was too easy to find convicted drug cheats. Given the fact she the only one to go to prison, I think we might give her perspective some slack.

      February 6, 2013 at 10:58 am | Report abuse | Reply

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