Michael Phelps

@kerriannc (4281)
Jamaica
February 6, 2009 8:25pm CST
I have seen where the hypocrites are going on as if this swimmer has done something so wrong. Their arguments is that he is a role model B.S. Why don't parents take their role and do it. Children are the parents responsibilities to teach their children right and wrong. Motivate their kids to be the best he/she can be. All of the top role models now a days cheat their ways to the top whether it be President, Prime Ministers, Sports Men/Women etc. Parents do your job. As for the Swimming Association of America who gave him three months ban is it because he had the disabilities as a child and now that he has made it he/she is jealous. Kelloggs using this foolishness to not renew the sponsorship. They are not renewing the sponsorship because the World is in a crisis and they are watching 2009. Be an example and talk the truth. They are all hypocrites as for as I am concern.
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@ronaldinu (12445)
• Malta
7 Feb 09
Hi kerriannc. I don't agree with you on this one. If you are in the limelight you have to face the music when things go bad. He is not the first athlete to be punished and his career wrecked. I still rememeber a sprinter Ben Johnson who was disqualified for a very long time and he never made it again into athletics. If they are into limelight they should be an example for a lot of teenagers otherwise they would set up a bad example to them.
@kerriannc (4281)
• Jamaica
7 Feb 09
oh Tallysmommy I hope that your children does not make mistakes. Just remember that no human on earth is perfect lol
• United States
9 Feb 09
Phelps did do something "so" wrong. He broke the law. He should lose his endorsements. He should pay for it. Whether he is an eight-time gold medalist or a welfare recipient, no one should be allowed to profit from BREAKING THE LAW. Just because everybody does it, doesn't make it acceptable. Part of the problem in the world today is that nobody is willing to own up to their own actions or responsibilities. Call them hypocrites if you will, but also call for accountability. If we all sit around and say "That's just the way it is," we're right. But hopefully, calling Phelps to task for his misjudgment is a sign that people are ready to start making people walk their talk.
• United States
17 Feb 09
Well, accountability is only a dirty word if people want it to be. Just look at how certain people are villified for their misjudgments and others given a pass.
@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
7 Feb 09
first of all i'mm not a hypocrite! he did do something wrong. lot of people do it i'm sure but he got caught & probaly messed up his career. i bet he wished he hadn't done it ot i guess that he got caught.you play , you pay. i hope that hit he got was worth it. i think he was raised right. you can't blame his mom for his stupidity. i know she's broken hearted. he better hop the law doesn't get involved in it.
@tastemee (111)
• United States
8 Feb 09
I think it's absurd. You are absolutely right, kerriannc. Parents should pay more attention
@ds6413 (2073)
• United States
7 Feb 09
Hello, my b/f and I both each sent Kellogs a letter saying how we are going to boycott their products and tell evryone we know to do the same.
@mimico (3619)
• Philippines
7 Feb 09
Well, as an olympian, I think Phelphs shouldn't be near any kind of bong in the first place. Sure, he's young and likes to have fun. But he should be responsible too. While he is and should be treated like a regular teen,he is also special. He has won many medals and has made tons of money from endorsements. The tradeoff for all these is behaving and projecting a positive image. Anyway, the next Olympics is still far away, I'm sure they will overlook this controversy when they need him to win gold medals again.
@ulalume (714)
• United States
7 Feb 09
How did he get to "role model" status? He swam for a week and all of the sudden he has to be Mr. Goody? Society is strange by telling this college aged human being to stop acting like a college aged person. If swimming makes a person a role model, then I am just lost for words on the definition of anything.
@dmrone (751)
• United States
7 Feb 09
I do not want any of these celebs, the President, PM, or Sport Men/Women to be a role model for any of my children. I want my children to be responsible for their own actions, and to not blame someone else for their mistakes. The truth is we all make mistakes, it is what we do with what we learn from these mistakes that counts. I have and still continue to make mistakes to this day, but it is what i learn from these mistakes and how i use the information i have learned. I don't want my children to look at me as a role model, because i am not perfect, but i want them to use the morals i have taught them and continue to try to each them to be a guidance in their lives as they grow and get older.
@eaforeman6 (8983)
• United States
7 Feb 09
If the president can have Monica, and if all these other people in high positions can do what they do...which has been some pretty bad stuff...then yes, there is alot of hypocrsy. I am not defending what he did, but I certainly see your point.