Marion Jones Provides Template for Tiger Woods' Comeback
She did have to work out with the team before the announcement was made, but now the Tulsa management is enthusiastic, laying on the people-make-mistakes and glad-to-have-her-with-us palaver in equal measure. (Jones, 34, played on the UNC college team in the early 90s; She's been out of prison for a year and a half.)
Some folks are a little snide about it, but Jones' return is probably a good model for Tiger Woods'. No, not in a new sport, but with minimal reference to the bad old days.
Interestingly, other people are making the promises of redemption for Jones. When WNBA President Donna Orender says Jones is "saying listen, 'I'm going to be a role model, I'm going to showcase what I'm going to do with the rest of my life,' " that's not a direct quote. Letting them talk reform, rather than having Jones re-blubber her contrition, helps distance the star from her own negative legend. She can be like the ballplayers of old, who did their work, signed some autographs, and got the hell out of there. For starters, anyway.
So long as she stays away from the Hennessey, she should be fine.