Dallas Court Records Reveal That Marion Jones is Broke

Dallas Court Records Reveal That Marion Jones is Broke

Pardon me if I've somehow missed this, but after scouring the Interwebs and Lexis-Nexis I've found no local mention of this national story with legally binding local ties. On Saturday, The Los Angeles Times reported that sprinter Marion Jones -- the darling of the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, a breaker of records and endorser of products and cover-girl of magazines -- is flat broke. To the tune of having about $2,000 in the bank, if that. And how did the paper discover this? By going through court records. In Dallas.

Though she's had several multi-million-dollar houses in North Carolina, she's embroiled in a court case here: She filed in Dallas a breach-of-contract suit against track coach Dan Pfaff, whom she hired in 2003 -- when Pfaff, Olympic gold medalist Donovan Bailey's former coach, was "working with athletes at [the University of] Texas on field events," says this 4-year-old story. According to The Times, "Pfaff countersued Jones and won a judgment for about $240,000 in unpaid training fees and legal expenses." Jones' financial woes are detailed in a 168-page deposition accompanying her suit against Pfaff. --Robert Wilonsky

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