Since the buzz of the 2008 Summer Olympics wore off, I bet Michael Phelps has had plenty of free time on his hands. The title of ‘Greatest Olympian in History’ doesn’t come with any real job description-it’s more of an honorary thing-and while he’s got his heart in the right place, a guy can only spend so many hours a day giving thumbs-up to cameras with Make-A-Wish kids. People probably said, “Hey, Michael, you really need a hobby.” I’d agree with them, but smoking marijuana isn’t exactly what I had in mind.
If you haven’t seen it yet, I’m sure everyone has heard by now: A picture of the 14-time Olympic gold medallist lighting and hitting a bong has spread all over the Internet, along with all of the web-junk accoutrements. A favorite “ad” of mine, with Phelps as poster boy, rhetorically asks world-class athletes, “When it comes time to relax, why put your body through the proven harmful effects of alcohol? Become a pot smoker!” (more…)