That Michael Phelps, problem…what Weed YOU have done?

So, many of us who watched the 2008 Summer Olympic Games held in the capital of main land China saw an unprecendented feat of US swimmer Michael Phelps, all of 23 years old win 8 gold medals or some such crazy acheivement. It was Inspiring to say the least. I fancy myself an endurance athlete who once almost qualifed for the Olympic Trials race where they pick the 3 marathon runners, from the US. Missing by 2+ minutes. But Mr. Phelps is on a different planet from anyone, except MAYBE the JAmaican sprinter freak of Nature Usaine Bolt who broke the 2 world records 100 and 200 meters.
And that mention of the ‘Ya Mon’ country brings us to my main point, LOL. Michael Phelps just got caught on a camera phone smoking some Pot at a party. Because of this he has gotten a lot of negative publicity from these weed videos, and then Kellogg’s which had Endorsed him after his medals in Shanghai dropped him as their chief spokesman. He has other contracts’; no word on the status of those.
Here is what is weird. US Swimming fedreration suspended Michael Phelps for 3 months, because of the picture of him blowing bongs. But if they dd not take a urine DRug Test, how can they? On the other hand common sense says of course he smoked the pot, and I don’t know what goes on behind closed doors but maybe Phelps agreed to take a suspense to shut up public sentiment, who was making fun of him. But no matter what I think it was a ballsy move for US Swim to suspend Mr Phelps at a critical time, early in a post Olympics year with so many important competitions coming up. Plus there is the fact his rivals, can now know they will not be Competiing against a THC ENHANCED swimmer in major events. As most know pot improves swimming by raising blood pressure, and lower anxiety. Sometimes.
Mark Spits was right, if the 1972 seven time Gold medalist had access to the quality of Water Phemps does then he could have kept up easy all other things being as equal and they are. Some think Phelps is a freak of nature who combines his natural gifts with Hours in the pool and has reaped hay because of it. I just wonder and hope it was not the Drugs, that made him the celebrity he is. If not anyway he could become a spokes person for little Debbies or Hostess LOL and a 3 month suspension is just a slap on the fins…..pot everyone knows is a Dangerous drug, I do know this one guy who smoked a ball of Hash through a Budwesier beercan the day before running the fastest time that Spring in the 2 mile for New Hampshire kids and he never git a habit out of it but he still cheated. No testing back then, LOL.

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  1. #1 by SunflowerPipes on February 7, 2009 - 5:52 pm

    Michael Phelps is an American Hero. He stood tall and made America proud at the Beijing Olympics. This is how America treats its heroes, we forget all of the hard work Michael Phelps did to achieve his task, we forget the pride we felt with the each gold medal, we forget how Phelps helped America to be competitive against a Chinese when they planned on winning all of the gold’s, we forget all of those things and hang a man for smoking a glass pipe at a college party. It is time that we as a country stand up for the rights of the individual, it’s time we stand together with our neighbors and take collective control of our destinies. Write a congressman or a senator any of them; Imagine the weight of millions of emails calling for a change in policy. In this moment in America anything is possible just Google the email address of your representative and send him or her short email. It will take 10 minutes but then you have taken responsibility for change. A senator considers each email as representative of 2 thousand voters.
    SunflowerPipes.com

  2. #2 by Charlie Tall on February 8, 2009 - 2:14 pm

    No matter how you view Phelps, hero or buffoon, it was incredibly stupid of him to risk so much of what he has worked to achieve for a little peer approval or, worse, momentary pleasure from marijuana use.
    Similarly, it matters not your feelings or beliefs about marijuana. The fact remains that Phelps was photgraphed breaking the law, criminal law.
    I realize that all humans are flawed, but the higher an individual’s level of achievement and recognition, the higher the demands and expectations placed on him.
    Yes, he was great in China. No, that does not place him above the law. Rather, it imposes a responsibility on him to behave better in all ways. The individual, no matter who he is, is subordinate to the law.
    I hesitate to remind SunflowerPipes, but the United States, the nation that so admires Phelps, is founded upon the rule of law, not of man.

  3. #3 by Jim Fiore on February 8, 2009 - 6:28 pm

    For the life of me, I never understood the compulsion of the general citizenry to glom on to the athletic successes of other members of their country and sneak a little credit for it, as in “We won all of those gold medals”. No, we didn’t win a damn thing. Individuals and teams won those medals. They happen to come from the same country, and a teensy-tiny miniscule amount of your tax burden may have gone for training aid or travel, but that’s where it ends. I was never attracted to the jingoist undercurrents of big-time sports.
    I think what Phelps did was very dumb for a variety of reasons, but I don’t think he “owes” anyone in this country a damn thing.

  4. #4 by Jim Fiore on February 8, 2009 - 6:28 pm

    For the life of me, I never understood the compulsion of the general citizenry to glom on to the athletic successes of other members of their country and sneak a little credit for it, as in “We won all of those gold medals”. No, we didn’t win a damn thing. Individuals and teams won those medals. They happen to come from the same country, and a teensy-tiny miniscule amount of your tax burden may have gone for training aid or travel, but that’s where it ends. I was never attracted to the jingoist undercurrents of big-time sports.
    I think what Phelps did was very dumb for a variety of reasons, but I don’t think he “owes” anyone in this country a damn thing.

  5. #5 by Brian X on February 13, 2009 - 2:02 pm

    Charlie:
    The wrinkle in your point: you are legally correct, but almost every time a referendum has come up to decriminalize marijuana on a state level, it’s passed (including, most recently, Massachusetts). All indications are that the populace is overwhelmingly in favor of legalization, and that law enforcement has been consistently unresponsive in the face of such sentiment.
    When the law is at odds with the people it’s supposed to be protecting, who is right? I’m sorry. I don’t think Phelps should be prosecuted, and I don’t have any problem at all with what he was doing, as I don’t think pot is a problem except where occupational safety is involved (and then it’s no different from alcohol except for a longer duration of action). To my mind, the furor over this is just as silly and overblown as the Janet Jackson flash at the Super Bowl.

  6. #6 by Brian X on February 13, 2009 - 2:02 pm

    Charlie:
    The wrinkle in your point: you are legally correct, but almost every time a referendum has come up to decriminalize marijuana on a state level, it’s passed (including, most recently, Massachusetts). All indications are that the populace is overwhelmingly in favor of legalization, and that law enforcement has been consistently unresponsive in the face of such sentiment.
    When the law is at odds with the people it’s supposed to be protecting, who is right? I’m sorry. I don’t think Phelps should be prosecuted, and I don’t have any problem at all with what he was doing, as I don’t think pot is a problem except where occupational safety is involved (and then it’s no different from alcohol except for a longer duration of action). To my mind, the furor over this is just as silly and overblown as the Janet Jackson flash at the Super Bowl.

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