Sunday, February 8, 2009
Surely you've all been subjected to this picture, and probably have heard a million different opinions on the subject. This is superstar swimmer dude Mike Phelps blowing up a balloon...
Hey, wait a sec, is that a bong? (I love it when they call it a 'pipe' on news shows, like 'bong' is a dirty word or something).
Now here's the real question, who cares that this guy is smoking pot in this picture? Seriously?
And another thing, how did this genius let someone take his picture while he was smoking pot?
Dude: Hey Mike, wanna hang out?
Mike: Whatever dude...
Dude: Whoa...sweet, you smoking pot?
Mike: (lighting up) Huh...wha?
Dude:(snapping picture) All right! This will pay off my student loans!
Really, when you're a global sports icon doesn't it occur to you NOT to smoke pot when some dude with a camera is IN THE SAME ROOM WITH YOU? This kills me. I know his parents were super mad, not really that he was smoking, but that he let some jerk photograph him WHILE he was smoking.
Here's my point, I'm not surprised at all that he's doing this, he's a millionaire 23 year old, and I hear from the kids around the HFAC that 23 year old millionaire's love pot. It's common knowledge.
But it really is shocking 1) that he let the picture be taken without grabbing the person who took it, destroying their camera and giving them the' go clean yourself up' barrage of 100 dollar bills, and 2) that everyone is making a such a big deal about this. He gets suspended 3 months, he loses the Kellogg's contract (who were probably looking to cut him lose anyway, he's sort of 15 minutes ago), really with all the cheating going on in the MLB (A-Rod, who saw that coming?) and the bleak economic forecast who cares that little Mike Phelps is taking a hit from the bong? The kids who 'look up to him'? Give me a break, if they're disappointed it's a GREAT chance for their parents to let their kids in on a little secret. That most pro athletes, while they're super good at sports, are human beings and do stupid things. Look up to them for their accomplishments in their sport, and learn from their terrible choices away from it.
Frankly, I'd be happy if I didn't hear about this guy again until 2012, and even then maybe a little soon.
Posted by Tone at 9:46 PM