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?
Phelps is bound to lose some of his sponsors/endorsements, but he can't be denied his records. They can be declared illegitimate, but no one can/will deny that Phelps broke 8 world records in Beijing.
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.
its not only phelps who made the mistake its the media
for showing the picture of an american hero hitting a bong .
showing all the kids u can win 8 gold medals and still get high.
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!
I'm curious to know how much $$$$ the photo taker/owner received from the media for that picture.
I AGREE! I am sure it was a fairly high amount.
I'd argue that they probably paid a much smaller ammount than you'd think. The rags never pay that much unless you have a picture of elvis with bigfoot on holiday in hawaii.
This'll have been played down by the reporter receiving it and then blown up and sensationalised for the front pages.
The guy won 8 gold medals, let him do whatever the hell he likes.
I woke up that morning and was just like, OMG He did'nt!
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!
Apparently Phelps is considering not swimming in the 2012 games because of the controversy. USA Swimming....Free PHELPS!
There was a huge controversy in Canada over one of our Olympic champions smoking pot. He did lose his medal but he got it back eventually.
http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/ … RTM0011527
I heard another picture just surfaced of him crossing on a red light.
I thought the point of banning drugs in sport was to ban performance ENHANCING drugs, to make you faster and stronger, I'm sorry but weed does quite the opposite!
How are the tabloids going to make any money unless they have this moral indignation to bash and blackmail people with.
Turns out Kelloggs have dropped him, Subway however can continue sending him free sandwiches as they've said they aren't going to stop sponsoring him.
Headlines yesterday of the Columbia Tribune,
"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 thought I read that it was when he went to some college to visit a girlfriend recently.
Either way, if he was on marijuana after the olympics then who cares, if he was on it when winning all that gold then I'd be amazed and respect him even more! haha, who says it slows you down eh?
Seriously, nowdays you see many of the great sport starts behaving like if they were children. Not good for our children at all.
The greatest swimmer in the history of mankind smoked marijuana. Maybe we all should be doing it.
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.
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