Andrew Sullivan apparently holds a similar opinion to the one that I voiced earlier concerning the ridiculousness that is the sports media’s concern over Michael Phelps smoking pot. Sullivan writes that:
Yes, Michael Phelps took a few hits from a bong at a party. He also threw back a great deal of alcohol, maybe made a few passes at a few girls and bonded with a few dudes. This is news?
And yet this absurd ritual takes place in which Phelps has to pretend he did something dreadful and we all have to tut-tut and frown and furrow our brows, and the sponsors cluck and the press preens – while the only conceivable news is that a 23 year-old had a good time at a party, breaking no professional rules since he was not competing when he was goofing off.
And, seriously, does anyone think that smoking pot would give him an unfair advantage in the pool? Please. When on earth are we going to grow up as a culture?
Agreed, now let’s all just let this story fade away and hope that the next time an athlete engages in activity that thousands of other Americans do every day the media (and bloggers) don’t even notice or hear about it.
I’m always a little disgusted by the double-standard to which American athletes are held. We as a society expect far more out of them than we would ever expect out of fellow citizens and yet the reality is that we glorify people like Michael Phelps because of their physical accomplishments not their societal ones. It all just seems like a way for the American people to be caring about something that they see as important when in reality a swimmer smoking pot is about the least important issue that we ought to be devoting our attention to right now. From an ESPN article:
Olympic great Michael Phelps acknowledged “regrettable” behavior and “bad judgment” after a photo in a British newspaper Sunday showed him inhaling from a marijuana pipe.
In a statement released Sunday, the swimmer who won a record eight gold medals at the Beijing Games did not dispute the authenticity of the exclusive picture published Satruday by the tabloid News of the World.
“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. For this, I am sorry. I promise my fans and the public it will not happen again.”
Link via Phelps acknowledges photo showing Olympic swimming star smoking from marijuana pipe – ESPN.
The Plank has an interesting article that includes a quote that is extremely critical of the way in which the national sports media has glorified Tim Tebow’s religious values. Frankly, I found the way in which the sports anchors during the title game described Tebow to be so blatantly biased that it was disgusting. I agree with the article when it claims that the same outpouring of approval would not be there were Tebow Muslim or Mormon. Just my opinion though, read the article at the link below.
What if Tim Tebow Were Muslim? – The Plank .
Not good news for the Lakers yesterday; Jordan Farmar will be out until possibly the middle of February with knee surgery. Good news though is that Phil Jackson says the Lakers will be looking into getting another point guard with speed to back up Derek Fisher.
This is just not a good injury for the team to get at a time when they’re already showing signs of maybe not being the team that started out the season on a tear. Here’s hoping they pull it together even without Farmar and maintain their position and record.
Link (via ESPN).