Thursday, February 05, 2009

Yet another Phelps twist: Michael Phelps considers retirement!

Obviously displaying some clear signs of depression over this fiasco, Michael Phelps, may be done with swimming.
From UPI:

U.S. Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps, dismayed by controversy over a photo of him apparently smoking pot, says he may bow out of the 2012 London Games.

"It's definitely not what I wanted, and it's clearly not what my mom wanted," Phelps told the Baltimore Sun after a picture showing him apparently smoking marijuana was published in Britain's News of the World.

Phelps, who won eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics, said that he "clearly made a mistake" and that the past week has been both embarrassing and uncomfortable for him.


Whoever was in that silly dorm room when Phelps was photographed with the pipe, please come forward and "out" the person who snapped that photo! In fact, take a photo of them smoking pot and send it in to me.

If Phelps has to go through all of this drama, then I think the person who profited from it should suffer some publicity too. Somebody "out" them so we can ask them hard questions as well such as: Was it your pipe, your pot, your idea? How much did you make off selling the photo. Did you plan to profit from that night?


Anonymous said...

i think former olympic athletes (mark spitz?) need to step forward and talk about their pot experiences!

Marlon Falcon said...

did you read FINA's statement about this issue???

and maybe without willing to, the guy that took / published the picture of Michael, made of himself a person worth discovering

Anonymous said...

Phelps himself made the decision to smoke.. this's his own doing! As much as I admire Phelps, the person who took the photo is irrelevant..

Anonymous said...

Are you really blaming the one who took the picture?

Tony Austin said...

Am I blaming the person who took the photo? Well, no, but I am saying that they were also involved in the same behavior and yet they got to profit from it which seems asymmetrical to me.

John Craig said...

I've never seen a bigger tempest in a teapot. I wonder how many of the people who are tut-tutting Phelps' behavior never tried a little pot themselves. If Phelps were in the NFL or NBA he'd have to rape or kill someone to make the front page of the paper. (Okay, well maybe just take steroids.) But a little pot? Honestly, I can't think of a more victimless crime.

Tony, you apologized for putting that juxtaposed picture of Phelps smoking the bong on top of his Wheaties box. I thought that was actually funny because it's a contrast to the Wheaties image, but also because smoking pot is not that big a deal. The only thing I find "offensive" about this whole situation is how it i sallowing some people to get up on their high horses and act as if Phelps has actually done something evil.

Tony Austin said...

It is Phelps doing, that's a fact but the other individuals involved will apparently suffer no consequences or loss of reputation.

Anonymous said...

While Phelps is wrong, I also hope the identity of the one who sold the photo to UK tabloid would come to surface one day. Craig Lord made a point:
"The opportunist who sold the photo that made it into the pages of a British tabloid is likely to have been among those who stood giggling in the sway. The geography of publication may give a clue to the identity of the party goer and caster of first stones who made a fat return on the click of a lens."