Monday, February 9, 2009
He Should've Used The Towel Technique
Yeah, dude, I know that Michael Phelps is making "shit-tons" of money from his corporate sponsorships and advertisement gigs. I am aware of the fact that these ties ensure him a prosperous financial future...
...I'm also sure that, by this point, he has enough money to fill his Olympic-size practice pool with hundred-dollar bills, and still have some leftover to pop bottles at the cluuub.
So when ole' Mikey got busted rippin' da' ROOR in a buddy's dorm room last week, I sincerely hoped that he might use his prominence as a platform to dispel, or at least negate, our society's overwhelmingly ignorant perspective on drug policy and, more specifically, THE REEFER.
But, alas, Phelps seems to be just as much a slave to his sponsors as he is to the weight room, and instead of standing up for himself and the millions of other marijuana enthusiasts worldwide, he stuck his tail between his legs and waved the white flag like it was his job. Come on, man. You're a world-class athlete who smokes dank nugs on the daily. THAT PROVES A POINT!
Reason's Radley Balko hit the nail on the head last week with this online article. In it, he outlines exaclty how Phelps could've made the best out of his situation by simply standing up for himself. Instead, Phelps' approach to the whole situation reflected a total lack of thought and backbone on his part, and left me with a very sour taste in my mouth. Seriously dude, you may be a star athlete, but you're still straight beasters in my book.