Thursday night Olympian Michael Phelps was involved in an automobile accident. He was not at fault, but he was cited for driving without a valid license. The police said he told them that he had consumed a beer about an hour before the incident. So they saw no need to give him a breathalyzer because he was so forthcoming. What!!!! It must be great to be Michael Phelps. Keep in mind Phelps has a DUI conviction on the books, but they simply took his word. During Michael Jordan’s glory days Gatorade coined the phrase I Want to Be Like Mike. Well, in this new millennium the Mike we should strive to be like is Phelps. This guy has the Baltimore Police spokesman say on camera that while Phelps was driving on an expired license it was alright because he has probably been too busy to renew it, and that’s just fine because we love ourselves some Michael. If I ever get pulled over I hope the police extend the Phelps package to me. A citation, but no real blame, and no real need to test me for alcohol because I too will assure them I’m not drunk. Sadly, this would not be my scenario because they would not be blinded by my Olympic gold.
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Michael Phelps will be interviewed this morning by Matt Lauer on the NBC Today Show. Phelps was the darling of the 2008 Olympics which is an NBC cash cow. Phelps has given all indications that he will in the 2012 games. So we are witnessing corrective steps to re-establish him back to his hero status. NBC is a more than a willing participant because the Phelps saga brought more viewers to the games then in past years. So we will see Phelps again apologize, tell the kids to not do drugs, he will talk about his unwise choices, and he will say losing the endorsements is not big deal. All of this is orchestrated as he starts his march toward 2012 and NBC will be right there to help the fallen hero reclaim his crown.
A few weeks ago Michael Phelps apologized for being caught smoking dope out of a bong. Many people were quick to forgive this American hero and I wondered in this blog would America forgive a black athlete or entertainer so quickly? Sure Phelps lost the Kellogg’s endorsement but it was scheduled to end at the end of the month so who knows if they were going to renew under any circumstances. Other than that Phelps has been sufficiently contrite and if he keeps his nose clean this will blow over. Throughout his ordeal we have been continually reminded that Phelps is a kid of 23. Even though in this country at the age of 18 you can sign a contract without the co-signature of a parent, but let’s use this same logic in the Chris Brown situation. Brown is only 19 and he is accused of felony battery. If the accusation is true he should be punished, but not crucified. We don’t know all the details, but one could say at 19 he is probably very immature and he reacted inappropriately, but should we lock him up and throw away the key. Should they stop running his Doublemint Gum commercials, should he be banished from the Disney Channel? These are all questions that will be answered over the next few weeks, but if Phelps is 23 and his act is attributable to youthful indiscretion maybe, just maybe Chris Brown will not be condemned as the OJ of the new millennium.
Michael Phelps is an American hero. He won 8 Olympic Gold medals at the last summer’s games. In 2002 Michael Phelps was arrested on a DUI violation. He apologized and moved on. Now a recently released picture shows Phelps engaged in what looks like smoking dope while visiting the University of South Carolina. First, let me say it is despicable that a partygoer would take a photo at a private gathering and profit from the sale of the photo, but as a celebrity Phelps should know better. Phelps is a young man and he did something stupid. He said “I engaged in behavior which was regrettable and demonstrated bad judgment,” Phelps said. “I’m 23 years old and despite the successes I’ve had in the pool, I acted in a youthful and inappropriate way, not in a manner people have come to expect from me.” It will be interesting to see if this youthful indiscretion will have any long-term effects. Will he lose any of his endorsements? Will America accept this second apology and just move on? It makes me wonder if Phelps was black and had a previous DUI, and now his picture is plastered all over holding a bong would he still be America’s hero, or would he be classified as an out of control hoodlum? Phelps is young and this is stupid, but I hope when not if this happens to a black athlete that America will accept their apology the same way they are seemingly ready to accept Michael Phelps’ apology.