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|Subject: Michael Phelps "sucks the poor kid got busted" Tue Feb 03, 2009 5:26 pm|| |
"We have been in touch with those sponsors," the U.S.O.C. spokesman Darryl Seibel said, "and let them know that we're disappointed and that going forward we expect different and better conduct." -- from: Phelps Apologizes for Marijuana Pipe Photo (NYT)
It seems the American public and media now largely take in stride the knowledge of someone -- such as the President, for example --- having smoked marijuana, but, at least in Michael Phelps's case, there is a completely different threshold for the image of it. (One BAGnewsNotes reader addressed the point directly on the recently surfaced Obama college photos, saying how lucky it was for Obama the photographer held onto the pics till after the election, given the visage of him simply smoking a cigarette held like a joint.)
But then, where is the real injury here, given that cannabis is not considered a banned substance by the World Anti-Doping Agency during out-of-competition testing -- this visual "bust" occurring in that period of time. Is it a character issue when, according to the NYT: "Phelps has never tested positive for a banned substance" and "last year ... (he) agreed to increased testing to prove that he was a clean athlete." Or, are we to think -- again, back to the issue of the power and impact particular images are supposed to have and mean -- that a photo like this might actually contribute to the corruption of America's youth and override, in people's minds, the knowledge of the intense discipline and rigor Phelps applies to his sport?
Even though the media frames Phelps's act, in all its visual glory, as morally earth shattering, what I'm actually wondering is this: How much of a social offense would we be talking about here if the media industrial complex, fronting for behemoth corporate sponsors including Kellogg's, Mazda, Subway, Visa and AT&T (as if corporate America had no moral baggage of its own) wasn't absolutely freaking out right now over their multi-million dollar investment in the most critical image of all -- that of Phelps as the "all-American boy"? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-shaw/reading-the-pictures-emth_b_163393.htmlJMO BUT HEY HE IS ONLY HUMAN AND HAS WORKED VERY HARD TO GET WHERE HE HAS SO LEAVE HIM ALONE HE IS ALLOWED TO HAVE SOME FUN HE JUST SHOULD HAVE BEEN SMARTER ABOUT HITTING A BONG AT A PARTY WHERE SOMEONE COULD GET A PIC OF IT...
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|Subject: Re: Michael Phelps "sucks the poor kid got busted" Fri Feb 06, 2009 1:51 am|| |
USA Swimming suspends Phelps for 3 months 14 minutes ago
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP)—Michael Phelps has been suspended from
competition for three months by USA Swimming, the latest fallout from a photo
that showed the Olympic great inhaling from a marijuana pipe.
The sport’s national governing body also cut off its financial support to
Phelps for the same three-month period, effective Thursday.
“This is not a situation where any anti-doping rule was violated, but we
decided to send a strong message to Michael because he disappointed so many
people, particularly the hundreds of thousands of USA Swimming member kids who
look up to him as a role model and a hero,” the federation said in a statement.
“Michael has voluntarily accepted this reprimand and has committed to earn
back our trust.”
Phelps won eight gold medals in Beijing.