Lolo Jones Tears Up, Defends Herself Against New York Times "Hit Piece"

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Lolo Jones may be without an Olympic medal, but she is not without controversy or headlines.

The sprinter - who lost out on Gold in the 100-meter hurdles when she hit an obstacle on the home stretch and who then finished in fourth place by a tenth of a second yesterday - was the subject of a feature in The New York Times Sunday.

And it was far from flattering.

Lolo Jones in Action

The article claimed that Jones "has decided she will be whatever anyone wants her to be - vixen, virgin, victim - to draw attention to herself and the many products she endorses," referencing the fact that Jones has played up her virginity and her looks over the past few weeks.

Appearing on The Today Show this morning, the athlete fought back tears and labeled the piece of journalism a "crazy misogynist hit piece."

"They should be supporting our U.S. Olympic athletes," Jones told Savannah Guthrie of the newspaper. "Instead they just ripped me to shreds. I just thought that it was crazy because I worked six days a week, every day for four years for a 12-second race."

The Times also compared Jones to Anna Kournikova, a retired tennis player who got a lot of attention for her looks… yet never actually won a single tournament.

Faced with that charge, Lolo points to her resume.

"I have the American record. I'm the American record-holder indoors. Just because I don't boast about these things, I don't think I should be ripped apart by media. I laid it out there, fought hard for my country and it's just a shame that I have to deal with so much backlash when I'm already so brokenhearted as it is."


Larry, who are you fooling. Lolo refused to congratulate Harper after she won gold in 2008. What teammate just walks off after her teammate succeeds where she fails? Jones did!
Then she did it again last week. To her this is about TeamLOLO. She has no class and no medals. And now that she's been exposed she'll soon have no endorsements. She is the Anna Kounikova of running. And since the media made her they'll try to defend their bias by running interference for her.
The media and Lolo are a total disgrace.


lolo jones is an unintellegent second class athelete. If u say stupid things people will write about it. The bad rep americans get are because of people like her PERIOD.


Lolo is a class act. The articles written about her are just jealous player haters and racists and in some cases aethiests. She's still tops in my book. I mean put here accomplishment into a real perspective: out of at least 3 billion women in the world she places 4th in the Olympic Hurdle event, only 3 other women beat her. Looking at her record, one couldn't honestly belittle her accomplishments: 11-time all-American at Louisiana State University and the current American record-holder in the indoor hurdles, a two-time world indoor champion, Two Olympics in a row and all barely a year to the month after surgery on her spine, and in the wake of two hamstring injuries. I say she rocks, and the journalist writing this negativity probably couldn't out run my grandmother


Lolo lost by a tenth of a second at the Olympics, where did the articles writer finish the race at? Oh thats right he/she wasn't in the race!!!


Is she competing for herself or her country???


isn't that, that ultra consevative, racist, sexist paper?

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