Monday, November 15, 2010

ESPN 30 for 30 - Marion Jones: Press Pause

I watched Marion Jones: Press Pause. This is the twenty-eighth installment of ESPN's 30 for 30 film series.

After a very brief look at Marion Jones' career and accomplishments, the documentary focuses on the period starting with her confession to lying to federal agents. It replays her public statement on the courthouse steps, looks at her life in prison, touches on her getting reacquainted with her family after prison and examines her efforts to get in shape and play in the WNBA.

Jones talks more about having lied to federal agents than acknowledging that she used steroids. She and others makes vague references to the “bad men” who corrupted her life, but the subject is danced around. It’s not clear whether access was conditional or the film maker was merely disinclined to question Jones’ past actions and relationships.

It is interesting that Jones actually served time. I am not personally aware of any other athlete who has been accused of using steroids or lying about using steroids that has gone to prison.

This is one of my least favorite 30 for 30 films. When I eventually rank all of the documentaries, it will fall in the bottom ten. Several times, I checked the DVR to see how much was left because the documentary was dragging; I was getting bored.

The film is available on Amazon.

Marion Jones: Press Pause is also available on iTunes.

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