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The implausible deniability of Marion Jones

Updated: October 5, 2007, 9:55 AM ET
By Shaun Assael | ESPN The Magazine

I'll give Marion Jones this: She knew how to bring it. In late 2004, I sat in a San Francisco hotel room with BALCO's Victor Conte and listened to him confess that he'd given Jones banned performance enhancers before she won five gold medals at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. He predicted she'd deny it when our story was released, and he was right. She filed a $25 million libel suit against him.

Now, according to a report in the Washington Post on Thursday, she's proving Conte right ...

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