Although all those things are necessary and need to be addressed, I guess I was just hoping for a bit more “realness” to shine through. I don’t need any fake crocodile tears but I just want to get the impression that you didn’t practice this in front of the mirror 30 times beforehand. Marion has always been known for being able to speak with poise and a certain self-assured dignity and today was no different but on some level I wanted to be able to empathize and really and truly try and understand why. On the surface, we all know why, but it’s the inner workings of a persons mind that can help you better understand the thought process that allows for decisions like these, why someone would risk absolutely everything they hold near and dear when they already have been blessed with so much. Because despite what she did, Marion was the best of her time. Perhaps the 5 medals would have been only 3, but she had more god-given talent than anybody.
So what I would hope to hear, with as much truthfulness and realness that a person could possibly muster, is at what point did you decide that is was worth the risk? Did you struggle with it or was it an easy decision? Who enabled you? Were you overcome with guilt or did you not worry so much because you thought everyone else was doing the same thing? How much do you think it helped you? At the beginning, was lying the obvious easy choice or did you consider coming clean then? Without the whole check fraud aspect, do you think your hand would have ever been forced the way it was? How mad are you that you are taking the fall that so many others deserve to take right along with you? …and, if you knew you were going to be on Oprah, why didn’t you put on a little makeup???