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Opening Arguments

Bad boy

The man has 14 gold medals -- more than any other Olympian in history -- and he feels compelled to apologize to the U.S. Olympic Committee gnats who are "disappointed" in such behavior from a "role model"?

Michael Phelpts apologized for "regrettable" behavior and "bad judgment" after a photo of him smoking a marijuana pipe surfaced in British tabloid News of the World.

"I engaged in behavior which was regrettable and demonstrated bad judgment," Phelps said in a statement. "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."

After he won six gold medals in 2004, he was busted for a DUI, and apologized. Now, he wins eight and lets off a little steam at a party and apologizes for that. Can't wait to see what he apologizes for if he wins nine or 10. (All they have to do is add an event or two.) I liked Phelps less when he seemed to be just a swimming drone so fixated on that one thing that he would not be a very interesting person to know. I liked him more when he seemed to be a more normal person with a weakness or two. Now I like him less again.

If anybody ever told me I was a role model for anybody, I think I'd just stay in my house. Well, I can think of one way I could be helpful.

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Steven T.
Tue, 02/03/2009 - 3:14am

Come on, Leo. Don't tell me we've got a Mother Jones lifetime subscriber skulking about... Surely we are all mentors for our kids, godchildren, nieces & nephews, etc. No man is an island, They claim.

Hippies who never packed it in are identical to Archie Bunkers who never packed it in. "Long beautiful hair" went out with touring companies of HAIR. I know. I was at the deathbed.

Let's let Phelps change his official image, if we're going to let the media broadcast intimate details of his privacy with impugnity.