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Lolo Jones and Her Self-Made Twitter Controversy

Olympic hurdler Lori 'Lolo' Jones received a lot of press this year for revealing on Twitter that she was still a virgin. The 29 year old told HBO's Real Sports she was waiting for marriage to have sex and wanted to give it to her husband 'as a gift.'

Jones had a lot of difficulties growing up, moving to eight schools in eight years and even living in the basement of a Des Moines, Iowa Salvation Army church.

In her interview for HBO's Real Sports, correspondent Mary Carillo said “When I put together your whole life and what you've been through, you've had traumas and you've had this unstable existence, it makes sense to me that you want to have the kind of family you wish you'd had as a kid.”

After her confession to the world, Jones was criticized for her lifetstyle choice and even said that staying a virgin was tougher than training for the Olympics. The Olympic Trials were held this past June in Eugene, Oregon -- home of the Oregon Ducks.

This is where it got weird. Jones sent the following tweet below. (Note: She is an avid tweeter, with over 8,600 tweets and 214,400 followers.)

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Need a duck for my bubble bath. Any student from Oregon game?3:26 PM - 19 Jun 12 via Echofon · Embed this Tweet

I had a problem with this tweet for so many reasons, and voiced my displeasure to her on Twitter. Why would you get irked at the media for highlighting that you're a virgin and then post something like this? Seems contradictory

4:30 PM - 19 Jun 12 via web · Details

It doesn't really make sense for Jones to joke around about being a virgin -- she's really giving less legitimacy to her claim and personal struggles. If Jones wants to keep the issue serious, like she presented it in her Real Sports interview, then she shouldn't be making a mockery of herself. She's saying one thing and promoting another.

Jones did not respond back to me for whatever reason. Maybe she was too busy at the trials or maybe she actually ended up taking a bath with an Oregon student.

But that wasn't the only self-made Twitter controversy Jones has been involved with recently. Screen-Shot-2012-07-28-at-2.05.51-PM.png
    After the shootings? The timing of this horrible. It's in bad taste. With Jones being one of most noticeable U.S Olympians, is this the way she wants to promote Americans to the entire world – as a bunch of gun using thugs?
Jones needs to learn what to say and not say on twitter, because she's not only representing herself – she's representing her family and America.

 

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