Monday, February 9, 2009

Michael Phelps Latest Victim of Irrational Marijuana Policies

Michael Phelps smoked a bong. The world is coming to an end! To see how absurd the reaction to this news has been, read this paragraph and pretend you didn't know what Phelps did.

... we decided to send a strong message to Michael because he disappointed so many people, particularly the hundreds of thousands of USA Swimming member kids who look up to him as a role model and a hero,” the Colorado Springs, Colo.-based national governing body said in a statement.

“Michael has voluntarily accepted this reprimand and has committed to earn back our trust.”

Disappointed so many people? Earn back trust? Are you kidding me? The guy smoked a bong, doing less damage to his body than a few shots of whiskey would have done, and committed a legal infraction worthy of less punishment than going 100 mph. Just what trust did he violate, never having fun in his life?

Michael Phelps is a role model and a hero! He accomplished through dedication and hard work what few ever will again. If you're deeply disappointed and feel your trust has been violated by him having a little harmless fun like millions of people do all over the world, get a life, please, preferably one in this century.


tangobaby said...

I wrote a post about this last week. I absolutely am convinced that we are one of the most backwards societies on the planet. This stuff leaves me dazed and saddened.

He should move here to SF, where no one gives a rat's ass about pot. We'd be proud to have a hero like him in our city!

Anonymous said...

I'd only argue one point. I have a hard time thinking of any athletic achievement as heroic. It isn't as if he was using his admittedly impressive swimming ability to ferry people off that sinking airliner. I'm happy to give him moral credit for being mostly harmless, which is more than I can say for a lot of famous people.

Peter L. Winkler said...

"Michael Phelps is a role model and a hero! He accomplished through dedication and hard work what few ever will again."

Other than enriching himself with post-Olympic product endorsements, Phelps achievements are pointless. And sports records are very evanescent.