Olympic gold medalist Tianna Madison may have just won a gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics, but she returned home to face a libel, slander and defamation lawsuit by her parents, Jo Ann and Robert Madison. The lawsuit alleges that Tianna falsely accused her parents of mismanaging her money and allowing a boy who molested her to enter their home while she was in the house. The parents are asking for compensatory damages in excess of $25,000 and punitive damages in excess of $25,000 plus court costs and fees.
The Madisons say they’ve been loving, supportive and generous parents, reports The Chronicle-Telegram. The sprinter’s family made the trek toLondon to watch their daughter win gold as part of the U.S. women’s 4x100m relay team. Madison ran the opening leg of the race, and was followed by Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight and Carmelita Jeter, and went on to set a world record.
Brian Butler, spokesman for Tianna Madison and John Bartoletta, said the couple was not going to comment publicly on the accusations.
“This should be a time for not just Tianna, but her family to celebrate all she has gone through and her winning a gold medal,” he said. “That is what she is going to focus on at this time.”
The lawyer for Madison’s parents Scott Schooler said that despite filing the lawsuit, the couple want to reconcile with their daughter.
“They are not seeking any financial gain,” he said. “At the end of the day, they would like to restore their relationship with their daughter. Beyond that, I am not going to comment on the parameters of any possible resolution.”
Wow, with parents like these….
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1. Sanya Richards-Ross
She is the odds-on favorite in the 4x100-meter women’s hurdles at the 2012 London Olympics. Originally from Jamaica, Richards-Ross was granted American citizenship at age 12.
2. Allyson Felix
The world champion sprinter listens to Jay-Z and applies MAC makeup before she races. The world champion sprinter listens to Jay-Z and applies MAC makeup before she races.
3. Lolo Jones
The American track star is looking for redemption in the form of a gold medal! Although she was a favorite to win the womens 100 meter hurdles in the 2008 Olympics, Lolo tripped on the penultimate hurdle and ended up finishing in seventh place.
4. Dawn Harper
When Dawn Harper was in sixth grade, she says, Jackie Joyner-Kersee pulled her aside at track practice and said, “I see something special in you.” That moment stuck. After making the 2008 Olympic Team by seven-thousandths of a second, Harper shocked the world by winning gold in the 100m hurdles.
5. Carmelita Jeter
Four years after failing to make Team USA for the Beijing Games, Jeter has transformed herself into a force to be reckoned with in London.
6. Tianna Madison
Madison, a 2005 world long-jump champion, made her Olympics debut at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
7. Chaunte Lowe
The 31-year-old Decatur resident is one of the three women on the U.S. high jump team and one of two who also happen to be mothers. Chaunte will start a new career when the school year begins as a math teacher.
8. Dee Dee Trotter
She is the founder of Test Me I'm Clean, a charity dedicated to combating the abuse of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs.
9. Brittany Reese
Reese broke a record previously held by Jackie Joyner-Kersee, a three-time Olympic gold medalist.
10. Veronica Campbell-Brown
Currently in a eight-year rivalry with fellow track star Allyson Felix. This Jamaican will be fighting for gold in both the 100 and 200.