The Daily Gambling Fix 02/06/09 – Amanda Beard
Michael Phelps Dropped By Kellogg’s
“We originally built the relationship with Michael, as well as the other Olympic athletes, to support our association with the U.S. Olympic team,” a Kellogg spokesperson said in a statement. “Michael’s most recent behaviour is not consistent with the image of Kellogg. His contract expires at the end of February and we have made a decision not to extend his contract.”
Furthering the consequences for the now infamous picture of him inhaling from a bong, USA Swimming has suspended him for 3 months without pay.
Seems a little harsh for a picture, don’t you think? Let me start of by saying that when you are an Olympic “God”, and I don’t use that term loosely, there are pressures placed on you that do not apply to the average Olympian, or athlete in general. Would it have been better for Michael Phelps to keep this picture a secret? Yes. Would he have gotten his contract renewed by Kellogg’s otherwise? Yes.
But the the heart of the story is that it is even a story at all. I understand that Phelps is a great role model to swimmers and athletes everywhere for his prodigious skills. But if your kids are going to become a pothead just because Michael Phelps is, maybe the kid should be looked at and not Phelps.
The President of the United States, Barack Obama, has admitted to smoking pot as a young man. As did the two previous presidents in office. Why no outcry from the public and corporate world to have these men punished, because they are infact the most obvious role models to our children. Phelps has come out and been a man about the situation, offering a formal apology.
Funny how just 5 years ago, Phelps was facing DWI charges but that seemed to blow over quickly. Pretty scary since drunk driving is something that puts the lives of other motorists at risk. That must have been some really good pot to get him in this much trouble.