Lolo Jones won’t be punished by bobsled officials after bar altercation

July 17, 2013
(Michael Lynch / AP)
(Michael Lynch / AP)

Lolo Jones, the Olympic hurdler who is now a member of the U.S. bobsled team, will face no sanctions for an incident involving the stepdaughter of “the Bobfather” in a Lake Placid, N.Y., bar.

“That could change if new information emerges, but I’m not expecting that to happen at this point,” Darrin Steele, the CEO of the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, told the Associated Press late Tuesday. “It’s a good reminder of why our athletes need to avoid putting themselves in situations where things like this can happen.”

Jones and Tony Carlino’s stepdaughter, whose name was not released, argued early Saturday morning and were separated by bouncers at Roomers, a club in Lake Placid, home base for the USBSF, according to the Associated Press report. Although there were reports that Jones had knocked out the woman, a USBSF spokeswoman said there was no evidence of that and no charges were filed. Jones has not commented, either on her Twitter account or through her representatives.

Carlino, a USBSF Hall of Famer, manages the complex in which U.S. bobsled, skeleton and luge teams train and he reported the incident to USBSF officials Saturday. “We all feel bad the situation happened and we want to put this behind us and focus on winning medals in Sochi,” Steele said.

Jones, who is in her second season in bobsledding, is certainly bringing attention to the team. She angered her teammates last month when she joked on a video about the $741 paycheck she received, a paltry amount compared to the endorsement money she receives from her hurdling career.

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