Lolo Jones' Jokey Video Sparks a Brawl

Rant about $741 bobsled paycheck doesn't go over well

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 18, 2013 12:57 PM CDT

(Newser) – Track-star-turned-bobsledder Lolo Jones is doing some speedy damage control after she made a Vine video this week snarking about a measly paycheck of $741.84 from her new sport. "Seven months with bobsled season. The whole season. That's it," she says, reports the Christian Science Monitor. Then, pretending to call her landlord: "I’m sorry, I’m just calling because I'm going to be a little late on my rent this month." One of bobsledding's biggest names, Steven Holcomb, tells USA Today that the video was insulting to him and other bobsledders who make far less money than athletes in other sports.

It was "kind of snobby because she's one of the most well-known athletes in the world and she's making pretty good money in endorsements (from her track fame)," he says. "And to basically turn around and slap us in the face because you didn't make any money this year in bobsledding while taking money from other athletes?" That, it turns out, was completely the opposite reaction Jones expected. She issued a statement explaining that she was trying to help by making the issue of bobsledders' paltry pay public—"hopefully this will make people appreciate just how hard Olympians work, often just for the love of the sport"—and now teammate Jazmine Fenlator is backing her.

In this 2012 file photo, Lolo Jones competes in the U.S. women's bobsled push championships in Lake Placid.
In this 2012 file photo, Lolo Jones competes in the U.S. women's bobsled push championships in Lake Placid.   (AP Photo/Michael Lynch, File)
Lolo Jones of the US competes in the women's 100m hurdles,  at the IAAF Diamond League in Doha on May 10, 2013.
Lolo Jones of the US competes in the women's 100m hurdles, at the IAAF Diamond League in Doha on May 10, 2013.   (AP Photo/Osama Faisal)
Lolo Jones during the women's bobsled World Cup event in Whistler, British Columbia, on Nov. 23, 2012.
Lolo Jones during the women's bobsled World Cup event in Whistler, British Columbia, on Nov. 23, 2012.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)
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