Marion Jones, former golden girl of track and field has been released from jail.
A federal Bureau of Prisons spokeswoman says Jones was released Friday morning from a halfway house in San Antonio after serving most of her six-month sentence for lying to federal investigators about her use of performance-enhancing drugs.
So that's it. She pled, served her time and is done. Well, probably has some probation and maybe some community service but still. That's it.
The logic is clear. Use performance enhancing drugs, rise to the very pinnacle of your sport and win a bunch of medals. With an associated career of financial benefits accruing. Get busted, stonewall, stonewall, stonewall and finally plea to 'lying'. Serve short term and you are good.
It's embarrassing and crappy and depressing, I have little doubt. But do you think that her life now and in the future is going to be worse than if she wasn't a track and field superstar? Really?
As usual this brings us back to fraud in science. What are the risks? What are the rewards? Do the worst case scenario punishments (given the low probability of being caught) act as deterrents?
My answer: Hell no.