Why oh why? Just a few short month ago, Michael Phelps was on top of the world, setting Olympic records, winning gold medals in every swimming event he competed in in Beijing (8 in total) and the world watched. In 2004 in Athens, he won multiple gold and silver medals and a few months later was involved in a DUI incident. Funny how this was never mentioned this season… not that I remember anyway.
Over the weekend the golden one was at a college party in which marijuana was present. And of course Mr. Phelps was human and young enough that he admittedly partook as a photo most likely from one of the fellow partiers cell phones surfaced.
I’m not going to defend anyone in this post. Not Phelps nor the person snappin the picture. I will say that anyone living in any high profile position needs to be careful. I’m not sure if Michael felt that he would be able to escape the limelight twice but apparently he was not being careful. Human but not careful. I think the people who are ultimately responsible are those who place these people on such a high pedestal that if they blink, or turn right when they should have turned left they are forever demonized when mere moments ago they were “heroes.”
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And that is just one reason I never really had celebrity role models. Admire them for what they do, not how they live. My role models in life were always those closest to me.
Precisely, justj. So many people close and dear to me are better served as role models.
Me too… well except Jack Hanna. But if I saw a picture of Jack smoking marijuana, I would laugh! Hmmm…. that would actually explain some of his hair-brained ideas though…
There is only one worthy enough to be a role model. You know who I’m talking about. 🙂
Oh, and I know a family with that last name who go to my church (no relation). The twin boys are 5th grade gymnasts. I hope they don’t hear of this.
Of course, Derek, yet another human trait everyone shares.