The media is having a frenzy over the photo that surfaced in Great Britain of Michael Phelps smoking marijuana at a college party in Columbia, South Carolina. He has apologized for his "youthful behavior." Should be be condemned for his actions, or should he be left alone. After all, he is only human, right?
He might lose some of his endorsements...he might not. This won't make any of his accomplishments at the Olympics illegitimate, though. The Olympic folks are concerned with performance-enhancing substances (which weed most certainly isn't) used during or prior to the Games...this is something that occurred a few months afterward, therefore won't have any impact on his status.
Except in the eye of the public. Although, jaded as it is, I suspect most people don't consider it a terribly big deal. I think it's something that's gotten its fifteen minutes and is going to get shrugged off pretty soon. He 'fessed up and apologized for it and, right or wrong, most people seem to forgive and forget as long as someone takes responsibility for their behavior.
I agree with you it wouldn't be considered a performance "enhancing" drug at all & I'm surprised that there is any public reaction at all considering how numb we are these days to any scandal. Even if the accused doesn't fess up & apologize, we still move on.
Sadly this is what the media do, especially the horrible red top scum monger newspapers over here in the UK.
If there's a picture or a story about someone that'll drag them down then they'll plaster it all over the front pages with sensationalist headlines.
Meanwhile, in real news, people are being killed on our streets by gangs of teenagers with knives and guns but no one cares about the nameless masses, as long as we hear every detail of a celeb's life then we're happy. I hate this country sometimes!
Good on him and Obama for admitting to it. It shows the stereo-type of lazy smokers is wrong (well, most of the time) The world is becoming a lot more tolerant of Weed (finally) especially in the field of medication where it can be very useful.
If he wants to smoke a cap, let him, I think after 8 Golds in one Olympics he's earned his right to put his feet up and eat some Doritoes!
"Dropping the munchies" Pot activists boycott Kellogg over the Michael Phelps controversy!
So if there are any PotHeads out there... No more Kellogg's for you!
Personally, I think this a shame. I think it is outrageous! Does everyone realize that POT is NOT a banned substance in the Olympics? So what is the big deal anyways? As an ex-CrackHead and Morphine Shooter- EX I said, have had pictures taking of me high. But that was in my user days. Whose to say if Michael is still a pothead or not. You know that picture of Michael Phelps could have been taken after he quit smoking, or when he was a user... Anything. But Michael was man enough to admit it. Kinda like our new President admitted to cocaine use and our Ex President was guilty of a hit and run while DRUNK driving... Oh, let us not forget that President Clinton smoke pot; and we all know he inhaled it. What gives? I hope he comes back in 2012.
I think he has lost one or two endorsements over this issue. Too bad he was not aware that being a national swim hero will turn his entire life over to the public. He needs to buy a big house, gated, and smoke in the basement.....
I agree it was a good idea too make an apology for his youthfulness. Hope he can repeat the wins for the next olympics.
I was watching the Olympics last night before bed and saw Michael Phelps win silver in the 200m butterfly. He looked downright miserable about it, as did his coach and family. Later, a women's swimming event...