USA Track and Field star Marion Jones wishes she could go back and change “certain things in my past,” though she is also is “really proud” of the person she has become.
Jones says in an interview with The Associated Press, and in her book coming out Tuesday, that she’s sorry she lied to federal investigators about steroid use, one reason she served six months in prison in 2008.
“I really wish I wouldn’t have lied. That’s my regret,” said Jones.
Marion’s book, “On the Right Track,” contains a harrowing depiction of her prison stay, particularly a month and a half in solitary confinement. She calls that “probably the worst part of my life.”
“There were moments while I was there, where you just feel like you cannot go on: ‘How in the world can I make it to tomorrow?”‘
I cannot imagine the shame in having to leave her three children to go to prison for six months.
She apologizes in her book: “To you, my fans—including my young supporters—the United States Track and Field Association, my closest friends, my attorneys, and the most classy family a person could ever hope for—namely my mother, my husband, my children, my brother and his family, my uncle, and the rest of my extended family: I want you to know that I have been dishonest. And you have the right to be angry with me.”
Read an excerpt of her book on Good Morning America’s site on ABC.