Thursday, February 5, 2009

Leave Michael Phelps Alone

I was thinking of spouting off about how the media and everyone else need to lay off Michael Phelps. He busted his ass to get where he is and he deserves to blow off a little steam once in a while. Frankly, I'm more disturbed by his DUI four years ago than I am about a little pot smoking. He's 23. He's lived life in the spotlight since the 2004 Olympics. He's probably eased up on his training routine for awhile. Give him a break.

As the father of a natural-born-swimmer, I must admit the only thing that disturbed me about Michael Phelps' toking it up is that it might have an ill-effect on his lungs.

This column by Jason Whitlock says many things about it much better than I can. It's worth the read.


CountryDew said...

I want to leave a comment for you but I don't know what to say about this!

Kate said...

I agree with you. I find it a non-issue and think the dude deserves a break. After what he gave us at the Olympics? Go ahead and party a bit before getting back to the killer training. Just try not to be photographed maybe.
I read something interesting on Slate about his lung capacity being twice the size of a normal adult's. It probably was a big hit.

Jeff St Real said...

Thanks CD, glad you are still paying attention. I'll get back to the daily routine one of these days.