Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Holy Shit! Michael Phelps is Twenty-Three!
I know I'm beating a dead horse on this one, but I just want to make some comments. For those of you that live in a barn but still have the internet, somehow, 8-time Olympian gold-medalist and all-around best physical athlete of all time, Michael Phelps was caught smoking weed. With a backwards hat.
Surprise! He's fucking twenty-three. He went to a college party. I know he's supposed to be a fine upstanding example of morality and the idol for your kids, but give the guy a break. If you're the absolute best in the world, don't fucking apologize. At most, he should stand up and say "I am the absolute best athlete in the world, and smoking weed did nothing to hinder winning 8 gold medals. I'll smoke another bong and win them again."
This also goes for Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen who was caught playing beer olympics. We've all been to college. It's a place to get things out of your system. Is he showing up drunk to football games? Doubtful. Is Phelps getting high before a swim meet? I guess it's possible. But improbable. Sports figures are under way too much scrutiny, especially in the years of their lives when they're supposed to be drinking and getting high and learning from it.
So now Michael Phelps is on the chopping block, pulls out of the Super Bowl speech he was supposed to give, and loses all of his AT&T endorsements. His "public image is damaged" and his "marketing potential may take a dip, analysts say."
Even our current president has admitted to marijuana use, and he's basically worshiped across the world right now. So have the last two presidents. Maybe marijuana isn't the most productive or smart thing to do when you have responsibilities. However, it's definitely not as bad as all the anti-drug programs make it out to be. It's much less dangerous than alcohol, and really needs to be re-evaluated.
I think this Phelps issue is important for that. After all, the guy has 8 freakin gold medals. Let him smoke weed. Christ.