As for the "many" that have "criticized" Jones in recent days, the few outlets that even covered the damn thing (this New York Times piece is the fourth Google result) cite a very amorphous backlash to the tweet, and comment sections beneath the articles, fickle beasts though comment sections be, are very much united in support of Jones.

In sum: Lolo Jones "proclaims herself" a virgin and a Christian, but has posed for two magazine covers over the course of three years that might be titillating if you don't have the internet. As it has with many other athletes, the media has allocated attention to her because she's more interesting than most of her peers. She's comfortable talking about a troubled childhood in public; other athletes aren't. She sent out a tweet which the Times edited and took out of context to make her look bad. She's not as a good hurdler as she was four years ago.


"If Jones can remain composed and improve her technique and speed, she can also write a great and improbable story of Olympic redemption," wraps up the Times. If she can "improve her technique and speed" (should be easy), she'll be personally redeemed. If she can go back to being a good hurdler, she's not a cynical, insensitive attention whore. Right. Looks like a lot is riding on this one. Good luck, Lolo! Round one of women's 100 meter hurdles starts at 5:05 a.m. (EDT), Monday morning.

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