By Pat Rossiter, YOUTH Forum Program Manager & Olympic Hopeful
So the Golden Boy (literally) of the last year’s Olympics, Michael Phelps, has shown just how human this superman is.
Caught in the act, last week a British tabloid posted pictures of Phelps in full embrace with a “bong,” I believe the kids are calling it these days.
So what happens when the poster boy for all that is great in the USA gets caught in the act of smoking a bowl?
Well, there is the requisite regret and condemnation. I can only imagine there were even some righteous 10-year-old swimmers burning their Michael Phelps Licensed Speedos while crying bitter tears of rejection. (Don’t sniff the smoke kiddies!)
Maybe I’m getting old in my soft-age, but I’m left with this sinking feeling that, maybe the problem isn’t that Mr. Phelps smoked some weed but rather that anybody should get upset about it.
I certainly know it is illegal but, why (some would argue racism), and more importantly what are the real results of that?
It's clear there are some issues associated with marijuana, I am not at all sure putting minority kids in jail OR ruining the careers of white kids is going to solve any of the problems.