The New York Times brought Olympic athlete Lolo Jones to tears after bashing her for being too religious. Jones is the US record holder in women’s hurdles and a vocal Christian.
Lolo Jones sat down with the Today Show after her fourth place run at the Olympics.
Appearing on Wednesday’s NBC Today, U.S. Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones responded to a New York Times story that trashed her as a “vixen, virgin, victim,” telling co-host Savannah Guthrie: “…it was two days before I competed. And then the fact that it was from a U.S. media….they should be supporting our U.S. Olympic athletes, and instead they just ripped me to shreds….they just tore me apart, it was heartbreaking.”
On the front page of the Times Sunday sports section, Jones was viciously attacked:
In 2009, Jones posed nude for ESPN the Magazine. This year, she appeared on the cover of Outside magazine seeming to wear a bathing suit made of nothing but strategically placed ribbon. At the same time, she has proclaimed herself to be a 30-year-old virgin and a Christian. And oh, by the way, a big fan of Tim Tebow. If there is a box to check off, Jones has checked it. Except for the small part about actually achieving Olympic success as a hurdler.
Beginning to tear up on Wednesday, Jones continued:
“…they need to do their research, called me the Anna Kournikova of track…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….it’s just a shame that I have to deal with so much backlash when I’m already so brokenhearted as it is.”