Michael Phelps using a marijuana pipe ,What are the issues ?

@ronnyb (6119)
Jamaica
February 2, 2009 11:03am CST
Is it that he is a celebrity and should not be seen smoking an illegal drug ? Is it that he is an athlete and shouldn’t be using drugs even though marijuana is not a performance enhancing drug ,quite the contrary ? .I suppose one has to take in consideration that he is a role model and as such many smaller ones are looking up to him for guidance Should he be stripped of his medal even though it happened after the Olympics and no trace or marijuana was found in his body during this time ? In his defense Phelps might say that he was stressed from all the training and preparation for the Olympic and this was how he was de-stressing . Could an argument be made for the fact that he was using it during his private time and hence that is no ones business ? He has so far apologized for his lack of proper judgment but is that enough or do you think further punishment is required and if so what ?Would you be lenient if this turned out to be his first usage and it was purely for experimental purposes ?
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@redhotpogo (4422)
• United States
3 Feb 09
he should be punished hard. he's a role model, a public figure. people looking up to him are going to think that weed is not dangerous. they already think it cause so many people lie about its effects, and now after seeing a gold medal winner do it, they'll think its all good for sure. who knows how many lives ruined because of it. he should be stripped of his medals, and all his contracts should be shredded.
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• United States
8 Feb 09
That's the point, he is a role model and thus must be a saint And since he is a celebrity he has no private time.Every move must be recorded.It is an off year and he isn't in training so I didn't care what he was doing . But since the press has raised him to the height of a saint, they Have to knock him down now.this is what we do to celebrities.Why in the hell would anyone Want to be a role model these days? you will get a lot of money sure but you will lose your human right to privacy.
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@ronnyb (6119)
• Jamaica
8 Feb 09
I understand the point that you are making and I know being a celebrity places a lot of pressure on him .Yes it was an off season and as such he is not training but he is still a role model not necessarily a saint but you have to remember that many young people are looking up to him and they will believe that it is ok to use illegal substances and this cannot be a good message especially when in sports .Dont get me wrong I do believe that this has been blown out of proportion and if the world was so star struck the first time the news broke they could have shot it down and we all wouldnt be the wiser.I accept his apology and thinks he just made an error in judgement.As to the punishment I am not sure but he has to be more careful in the future
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• United States
8 Feb 09
The kids that want to use pot will use pot regardless of what their so called idol says or does.I am soo glad I will Never be a role model.
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@jenrl17 (420)
• United States
2 Feb 09
He did this after the olympics, so I dont think he should be stripped of his metal, no. I just think he used bad judgement by smoking it and if it was for experimental purposes only, same thing and I would be lenient if it was his 1st time. Hes apologized for it (which he probably shouldnt have had to, as we all make mistakes) so I think it should be let go. What more do they want? Afterall, hes human and people tend to forget that in celebrities or pro athletes. I think because of his status and popularity is why it was found out in the 1st place. Id like to know who taped that. What people do in their own home should be their business, but unfortunately the safe haven isnt so private anymore. Now if it interferes with their jobs or health, then thats different. In this case, hes just killing some brain cells and hes not competing right now, so I think no harm done unless he continues to do it, which I doubt considering it got broadcast. As far as destressing as a possible excuse, hes an athlete and knows of better healthier ways of destressing, so no excuse, but let it go.
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@ronnyb (6119)
• Jamaica
3 Feb 09
I agree with you that he used bad judgement and that he shouldnt be stripped of his medals.I didnt know though that it was in his home because then that is just wrong ,no one should invade a mans personal space so much.In that case its no ones business andhe should have to apologose for something he did in his home .However he needs to be more careful next time as he is a role model and children look up to him
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@rmuxagirl (7561)
• United States
4 Feb 09
I totally agree that it was bad judgement. He even said that is a statement he released. It should be let go and him go on with his life and career. I mean he is a young man and young people experiment with different things. Sure he shouldn't have done it because it is illegal and he does have a high standing in the media, but he apologized to his fans and said they would never see him doing something like that again.
@arcidy (5016)
• United States
4 Feb 09
Well hopefully this was a one time thing which a lot of people do this sort of stuff he was probally drunk and just did it. Im sure a lot of celebrities do this but they dont get caught. But this will deffintley hurt his image as a role model since a lot of people look up to him but im sure theyll forget about this soon or later.
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@ronnyb (6119)
• Jamaica
4 Feb 09
You are right many do it but he was just unfortunate to get caught.That said though it does not take away form the fact that he was caught with an illegal substance and this is against the law which means possible jail time .I would not want that but if it is the law .I also agree that most persons will forget it sooner or later except when the media brings it up again
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@syankee525 (6294)
• United States
4 Feb 09
i think people like him, who is into sports, even music and they go out and do stuipd things they get whatever happen to them. they are bless to have a life of being easy with money, and they blow it all away because of choices they made. like the football player with the dog fighting rinng, how stuipd they are all stuipd.
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@syankee525 (6294)
• United States
4 Feb 09
to me i think people like him who's all big in sports through their whole life way just dumb stuff. not only him but that one dude vick with the dog fighting. to me this shows that these people who got a good life is dumber then anyone else, throw away a life so many would love to have he's just stuipd, plus to allow someone take a picture too, who ever took that picture is sitting on some money for sure.
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@miamilady (4924)
• United States
3 Feb 09
I think he used poor judgement, but I also believe that everyone uses poor judgement sometimes in their lives. Yes, he's a role model and he should keep that in mind when making choices in his life, but he is also HUMAN and human's to make mistakes. Becoming a public figure does not keep the public the right to overly scrutinize EVERY speck of a persons life. I'm sorry. Some may say that is what public figures need to live with and that they have to live up to the expectations of the public. Personally, I think that the "public" need to get over themselves and stop being so quick to tear a celebrity apart every time they make a mistake. It really is somewhat sickening. Public figures and celebrities are human just like every one else. They make mistakes. They gain weight. They have nervous breakdowns. They get divorced. They yell at their kids and their $h!t stinks just like the rest of us. Get over it y'all!
• United States
3 Feb 09
I knew this guy wasn't perfect. Come on, just because Phelps is Aquaman doesn't mean that he isn't human. By the way, I would not be lenient on him. I say let him do the time.
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@miamilady (4924)
• United States
3 Feb 09
Of course he's not perfect. NOBODY is perfect!
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@ronnyb (6119)
• Jamaica
4 Feb 09
Good point he is not human and I also believe he should be subject to the laws of the land but I think the media are having a frenzy out at his expense .I think they should be sympathetic to the fact that he is still a young man and support him through his time of trouble .
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3 Feb 09
I think it is crazy how these things get out of hand and the media play a big role in this of course. Leave the guy alone. He did his bit and now he is having private time, none of our business really. He was all legal when it counted, does that mean nothing? :)x
@kerriannc (4280)
• Jamaica
5 Feb 09
As role model these persons should always remember what they do whether it be negative or positive will be send out in the world. Now the medals cannot be taken from him but the question is what will his sponsor do. Take away their endorsement or call a meeting and talk with him. Phelps will not stop smoking his pot but will do it indiscretion next time.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
2 Feb 09
i know there are alot of people really disappointed in him. i am myself.
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