I'm interested to hear what you all make of the recent photo of our beloved Olympian smoking marijuana. Our Active Expert: Bruce Hildenbrand wrote a sweet blog on the subject, Boyz WIll be Boyz - Part Deux, that you all should take as he compares and contrasts Phelps to some other professional athletes in from past to present in other sports. Your thoughts?
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He's 23 at a college party. 10 years ago there would not have been a "friend" taking his picture. Its a shame some-one exploited him and sold the picture. He should sue the person for taking the picture.
What Phelps may have done, most of our college students have done as have most of our business executives that grew up in the 60's & 70's. Agree its against the law, but so is driving 32 in a 30, but most of us do that, especially on our bikes going down a hill.
Seems like there are more important things to deal with. i.e. the recession, the war in Iraq, Afghanistan, Unemployment,
I've not heard of an athlete being told he enhanced his performance using marijuana.
So the thought: who cares and why is it news.
I think it's a shame they're making a big deal out of this and possibly bringing charges against him!!! This is a man who has been more disciplined so far in his life than most people have in a lifetime. He was only a kid when he went to the olympics for the first time and has always worked so hard to become as successful and talented as he can. For someone who most likely never strays from his strict lifestyle for 50 out of 52 weeks is entitled to relax and "cut loose" as he pleases. There are so many people out there who do so much worse and never have any consequences for their actions, so why make an example out of someone we know works so hard and gets so little time to enjoy the free time in life? Give him a break, let it go, and like the other person said............it's a shame someone exploited him like this.
Well, I'm not sure how I really feel. Get's caught smoking pot, admits it... in 2004 or 2005 gets a drunk driving DUI admits that... Keeps saying "he made a bad choice?" What about the good choices he's made? Does that count? On the other hand here's an athlete / swimmer who I supported and admired for his swimming and representing the USA, gold after gold... I guess I can say I'm a little confused and disappointed. What kind of message is this really sending to the young athletes? if any. He still remains a great swimmer in my book. I do think however if he needs help in some area then he should be given that option. Some addictions, emotional problems do not discriminate.