Party-poopers punish Phelps

February 8, 2009
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The proverbial brown stuff has started to hit the fan for America’s Olympics golden boy, Michael Phelps.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll probably be aware of the photos that popped up in Brit tabloid News of the World, showing him having a toke on a bong.  

Shock, horror, a 23-year-old who partakes of  a social bong-hit.

Now he’s been suspended by USA Swimming for three months and has been dumped from a sponsorship deal with Kellogg’s. 

 I still say it’s a whole lot of fuss over nothing. Give the kid a break. It’s not like it was a performance-enhancing drug, if anything it’s the opposite. 

It’s not like he some drug-crazed nutjob creating havoc. No, he’s a young guy who decided to crank up the bong.

Sure, given he’s such a role model for young people, perhaps it wasn’t one of the better choices he’s made in his young life. However, that’s a big part of what being young is all about: making mistakes and learning from them.

And let’s face it, there are plenty of other young “role models” out there making much bigger mistakes but being forgiven by their managers, families and fans.

I chose to boycott the last Olympic Games because they were held in China. Now perhaps it’s time for me to boycott Kellogg’s.

Ah well, I was getting a bit bored with the Tropical Just Right, anyway.

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