Why We Should All Be Pro-Lolo Jones
It's time for us to get behind the controversial hurdles champion turned bobsledder. Because GO USA!
Isn't it about time we start loving Lolo Jones again?
In a way, Lolo Jones is the sports version of Anne Hathaway: undeniably talented, accomplished, perhaps too eager to be loved, painfully awkward at times and, ahem, all kinds of attractive. Like Hathaway, Jones has roused legions of Mean Girls and Boys. The New York Times among them, even.
What's her alleged problem?
She's supposedly a spotlight hog.
Then Jones finished fourth in the finals of the 100-meter hurdles, behind two Americans — both of whom were resentful of all the attention Jones received and couldn't help but tell the media so afterward. (See their televised post-race interview above.)
"They can't leave me out [now], because I'll be in all the pictures on the podium," bronze medalist Kellie Wells told Sports Illustrated.
Added second-place finisher Dawn Harper: "I want to be real with my fans. I feel like I've put so much out there, sacrificed so much, and I feel like my life and my story have just been trampled on over the last four years.''
She can get a little sassy on Twitter.
She was blasted for a tweet — that she later deleted — that mocked Rachel Jeantel, who testified about her last conversation with Trayvon Martin during the George Zimmerman trial:
Rachel Jeantel looked so irritated during the cross-examination that I burned it on DVD and I'm going to sell it as Madea goes to court.
— Lolo Jones (@lolojones) June 27, 2013
And she later caught flak on Halloween for telling a curly-haired Twitter follower — see the picture above — that she needed hair relaxer to complete her Lolo Jones costume.
So why SHOULD you be Pro-Lolo?