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Bobsled federation expects no sanctions from Jones bar incident

Published July 17, 2013 8:55 am

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The U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation said Tuesday night it has found no reason to sanction Olympic hopeful Lolo Jones for her role in a nightclub altercation that involved the stepdaughter of one of the sport's Hall of Famers.

Jones and the woman, whose name was not released, got into some sort of argument early Saturday and were eventually separated by bouncers at Roomers, a popular club in Lake Placid, N.Y., where the federation is based. USBSF spokeswoman Amanda Bird said the team found no proof to support widespread reports that Jones "knocked out" the woman, who is the stepdaughter of longtime bobsled fixture Tony Carlino.

Police said no charges or reports were filed. Jones did not return requests for comment, and made no mention of the incident or the attention it received on her Twitter account Tuesday.

USBSF CEO Darrin Steele told The Associated Press he did not believe any violations of the team's code of conduct occurred.

"That could change if new information emerges, but I'm not expecting that to happen at this point," Steele said late Tuesday. "It's a good reminder of why our athletes need to avoid putting themselves in situations where things like this can happen."

Other U.S. bobsled athletes were present at the club, though the federation did not believe anyone else was directly involved in the incident.