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Athletics - 09. October 2007.

Jones' steroid case will affect all athletes

By Michael A. Hiltzik and Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers

Marion Jones' admission of steroid use Friday in a New York courtroom tarnishes more than her own reputation: It stains every elite athlete, even those who have never been accused of doping.

That's the conclusion of many in the athletic and anti-doping communities trying to come to grips with the confession of drug use by one of the highest-profile competitors in sports.

"Her sins will be felt by all athletes," said Michael Straubel, a defense attorney for athletes in doping cases and director of the sports law clinic at Valparaiso University School of Law.

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