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Michael Phelps Smoked Pot

Monday, February 02, 2009

You’ve probably heard the “breaking” news that Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps was caught smoking weed at a college party. This 23 year old responded to the press by saying:
"I engaged in behavior which was regrettable and demonstrated bad judgment. 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. For this, I am sorry. I promise my fans and the public it will not happen again."
So the question I have is do we judge more on him because he is famous and feel he should not be subjected or tempted and engage in youthful immaturity like the majority of his age group? Are we more forgiving of a non-celebrity or is there equal judgment? What do you think?
photo: News of the World

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crimp90p wrote:
1) 2/2/2009 12:35:42 PM
he is so stupid 1 fordoing this and 2 for dating a stripper
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Tuesdae Jade wrote:
2) 2/2/2009 1:50:56 PM
Like it wasn't obvious... Come on, its not like he was shooting up or *gasp* USING STEROIDS No, hes just a regualr guy who happens to be good at swimming. Famously good, but still, leave him alone
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Darko wrote:
3) 2/2/2009 2:25:50 PM
Everyone makes mistakes, especially when we're young. Peer pressure is a very powerful force and can lead even the best into regrettable decisions. Unfortunately when you reach a certain status in the public eye they feel they have the right to judge. The most you can do is own up, learn from it, and move on.
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jcleme12 wrote:
4) 2/2/2009 2:39:15 PM
I am really disappointed that Michael Phelps engaged in such activities, but I think that he proved to be a man of character. He took responsibility for his actions and very few celebrities do that in today's society. Michael proved to be a role model in that he took responsibility and apologized, unlike many other celebrities who just kept making bad decisions and not owning up to their bad choices.
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missestofu wrote:
5) 2/2/2009 5:20:17 PM
because he's had so much success and is so distinguished in the sports world, we forget that Michael Phelps is still only 23. Having said that, had he wanted to do it, he should have done it where no one would take pictures and video.
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franny wrote:
6) 2/2/2009 7:04:20 PM
OMG I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOW WELL IT DOESN'T EFFECT HIM WHEN HE IS IN THE POOL!!!
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brandeezy wrote:
7) 2/3/2009 12:07:39 AM
i think the media needs to give him a break he's a 23 year old. what do you expect?
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Pfft wrote:
8) 2/3/2009 3:18:04 PM
Please, Weed is not a crime. Spend some time cracking down on our corrupt Government instead of the peaceful pot smokers.
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funny stuff wrote:
9) 2/4/2009 12:21:14 AM
Can't pass judgment. We don't know what he's going through, although I personally wouldn't resort to that.
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Lily D wrote:
10) 2/4/2009 4:49:25 PM
Love this kind of music!
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lovemybabysquid wrote:
11) 2/5/2009 10:05:05 AM
I think what he, as a person, did was wrong. It's illegal and he broke the law. On the other hand just because he's a celebrity doesn't mean he won't make mistakes or bad choices. The media should let him lead a normal life. He gave us memories to last the ages, but let him be human and quit "stalking" him.
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tashline wrote:
12) 2/5/2009 4:03:44 PM
We def. judge him more. people smoke pot every day and no one says anything but phelps does it and its such a big deal. If he wants to get high let him get high. I don't smoke and i don't think people should but people are only caring cuz its him.
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donnadonut wrote:
13) 2/7/2009 12:14:44 AM
I believe we are judging Michael Phelps too harshly because of his celebrity status. He is a human being, and it may seem cliche but all of us make mistakes. He's young and peer pressure or a curiosity can lead to bad decisions. The clear cut fact is that he is a superb athlete who might have made ONE poor decision. I think the media is being absurd; asking for jail time and such. Where I live, teens are caught for smoking weed and only get a Class C misdemeanor punishment. That's the equivalent of getting a speeding/traffic violation ticket.
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.:Ana:. wrote:
14) 2/7/2009 8:51:15 PM
i admired his so much b4 cuz i am a swimmer, but now i definatley don't!
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silvermage2000 wrote:
15) 2/9/2009 7:41:41 PM
I think being a celeb that we need to be even tougher on him.
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glitrbug wrote:
16) 2/10/2009 2:00:53 AM
I am 56, everyone smoked pop in college, no one got addicted to it. The people that are in bad shape now are the ones that smoked camels and/or drank to excess. Everyone gave up pot about the time they got a job/got married.
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Gigi Girl wrote:
17) 2/10/2009 5:31:55 PM
I think that he has been judged too harshly by the media. After all many famous people have admitted to smoking Mary Jane, and no one cares. I don't know why it suddenly matters when it is an athlete. I think its ridiculous that this even made the news. Young kid party... big deal? He is paid to be an athlete not a role model, so let the kid do what he does best.... swim.
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All Smoked Up wrote:
18) 2/10/2009 7:11:19 PM
The saddest part about Michael Phelps and his actions is that millions of people look up to him as a role model. Quite frankly, I wouldn't want my child's role model to be a pot head. At least he was man enough to own up to his stupidity. We live in a world where no one wants to accept responsibility for their actions, they would rather go get high to escape reality. I did wonder at one time if he had taken steroids to win all of those medals (remember the Saint Louis Cardinals homerun hitter that broke all the records but was later busted for steroid use?) In a celebrities world where they are under constant scrutiny by the papparazzi, you would think that they would be careful about what they do b/c they are always filmed/photographed. I know we are all human and make mistakes but drugs are just NOT COOL!!!
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mfashionista_1 wrote:
19) 2/12/2009 9:46:18 AM
I think it's sad that he would go this low. I mean, he just one 8 freakin' gold medals! Wouldn't he know for himself that he's a role model? But everyone's going to be so ashamed that he will probably not be a role model. It's sad that he would do this. He just keeps making mistake after mistake...yes, he's only human. But all humans should have some sort of sanity! Or conscience! He knows better than this. After getting caught with DUI 4 years ago, and getting the warning then, he should know better by now. He's old enough to know that what he's doing is stupid and dangerous. I just feel sorry that he's not smart enough to make the right decisions and that his family has to suffer for them.
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yeahdonna wrote:
20) 2/12/2009 11:24:18 AM
I think that it shows a lot of character that he didn't deny it like many of the other athletes out there and owned up to it. And I agree with a prior comment: at least it wasn't anything like steroids or something hard that enhances his performance or damages his body. I think his response should have been "I'm 23 years old and I'm human." In my opinion, He didn't need to apologize. There are many celebrities getting sloppy drunk and doing all sorts of other things in the media without anyone giving it a second thought that should be apologizing. (sorry, I'll hop off my soap box now) :-)
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kiki345 wrote:
21) 2/15/2009 1:43:05 AM
i think that we are both too strict on them because they are famous and also too lenient on some of them (if that makes any sense). if we saw paris hilton smoking pot, itd be no big deal. but someone we see as an all american? everyone is outraged. society is just so hypocritical...
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esme wrote:
22) 2/19/2009 5:13:05 PM
When he competed in the Olympics, he became a role model. When he started endorsing products, he effectively asked to remain a public figure, opening himself up to scrutiny. 23 years old, or not, peer pressure, or not, as a role model, he shouldn't have smoked marijuana--and certainly should not have allowed himself to be photographed doing so! As a public figure, he has to know that he will be the center of public judgement, and that the consequences of his actions will be harsher than they would for the average 23 year-old. Most 23 year-olds don't millions of people--a lot of them children-looking up to them as a hero, or have ad campaigns riding on their role model status.
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>:o wrote:
23) 2/21/2009 12:12:48 AM
everyone makes mistakes when they are young and the people that are making this such a big deal most likely smoked when they were younger. and people that are saying he is a bad influence... parents should be able to control their kids most of the kids are probably smoking before light was shed on this. whatever
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HappyStar wrote:
24) 2/22/2009 6:37:30 AM
Ohh I read about this. Not a smart thing to do since he's famous and people will watch his every move.
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Bridgetina wrote:
25) 2/23/2009 3:04:16 PM
Yes, he's famous. Yes, he's a role model to many people. What we seem to forget, is that he's 23, doing what many 23-year-olds do. I'm not happy with what he did, but I also believe that we shouldn't judge him based on this one thing. Maybe he has some hard stuff going on in his life. Maybe he was trying to blow off steam. The point is, we don't know the details of what's going on, so why should we judge him for it? He made a public statement admitting his regret, and I applaud him for that, because most people nowadays, celebrity or not, would not "man-up" about these types of things.
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