It’s truly sad that every time Lolo Jones is in the news, it’s for something completely unrelated to her sport(s). You may remember that initially she was a track star and then when she didn’t perform as expected in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, coming in seventh place, she decided to pursue bobsledding. But her name is always in the headlines. She once challenged a former Rutgers football player to a race not realizing he was paralyzed. And most recently she inspired outrage when she compared Rachel Jeantel to Tyler Perry’s Madea.
Today, Lolo is in the news, once again, for fighting in the club. When I first heard the story I thought it was a rumor. But turns out it was true… though the level of fighting is up for debate.
Lolo Jones was involved in a nightclub altercation with the stepdaughter of a bobsledder hall of famer, Tony Carlino. The two got into an argument on Saturday at a popular club in Lake Placid, New York and had to be separated by bouncers.
As with any fight, things get blown out of proportion. Rumors swirled that Lolo knocked this unnamed woman out in the club. But the United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation (USBSF) found no reason to sanction Jones.
The USBSF spokeswoman, Amanda Bird said they found no evidence to support the claim that Jones knocked the woman out. At this time they don’t believe Jones violated the team’s code of conduct. But the USBSF CEO, Darrin Steele says that this lack of punishment could change if they find new evidence. It also issued a warning saying this is why athletes should avoid even putting themselves in situations where things like this can happen.
Lolo has had more success in bobsledding, (she won a silver medal in the World Cup circuit) and will compete to be in one of three sled for next winter’s Olympics.
And today, Rachel Jeantel sat down with Joy Reid of theGrio and spoke on the backlash she received from the likes of Lolo Jones and others.
See what she had to say on the next page.