Yeah, people look up to Michael Phelps, but that doesn't mean that they're going to go out and smoke pot ["Michael Phelp's Drug Use Is a Shamebut Adults Defending His Pot Smoking Are Shameful," usnews.com]. My younger brother is a swimmer in high school, and Michael Phelps is his role model. My brother is a good kid with his own values, and would never smoke pot. Kids are going to smoke pot, whether or not their role models do or they don't. Their peers are the ones that get them on those habits, so worry about that. Focus on everything Phelps has achieved these past few years and give him a break! If he wants to get a little high, let him get a little high.
Comment by Christine Determan of IA
How many times have Wheaties boxes been adorned with images of sports icons who, later on, got busted on drug/steroid charges? And when did we relinquish our parenting duties to people like Michael Phelps anyway? Whatever happened to good old fashioned parenting? Just tell your impressionable child the 411 on life, and stop looking to lean on "role models." Parents should be the role models, not others who will potentially fail your super-human expectations. Now I'm hearing something about a South Carolina sheriff seeking criminal charges. How ridiculous can you get? This is a kid who can swim better than a fish! And because he's young and made a bad decision we chastise him for acting his age?
Comment by Anthony of NY
Do adults believe that all teenagers are stupid? If I, a 16-year-old girl, saw my role model smoking pot I'd be disgusted, not influenced! I mean, I used to look up to Miley Cyrus, and with all her stupid photo scams I've given up on her, like any smart teen would. We're not stupid; in fact most teenagers start smoking not because of influence from outside but from an urge that comes from themselves. It's very annoying for all of us to be treated as though we are all complete idiots and will fall for anything thrown at us in a "cool" or "fashionable" way. Most of us do have our own minds, and enjoy using them. I am disappointed in Michael Phelps, and I was a very big fan of his, but I don't plan on using drugs anytime soon.
Comment by Olivia of CT
While many people don't consider marijuana to be a "bad" drug, we seem to be forgetting that it is a drug. Michael Phelps used poor judgment when he chose to use it. While the physical consequences may not rival those of alcohol or cocaine, consequences go far beyond that (financial, for example). He stands to lose millions in endorsements. While this may not affect him beyond repair (some endorsement are sticking with him), it will affect him. Even though drug use goes against the norms of society as a whole, hopefully, people can forgive a mistake.
Comment by Robyn of NJ
What about the kids that see Michael Phelps and his endorsements? Are they to assume that if you become a star that a little pot smoking is part of the package? No! Yes, Michael Phelps is human, but he is seen everywhere and making millions! He should set a better example, period!
Comment by Shelly S. of MS
The biggest shame of it all is that no one can do anything in this world without having their mistakes broadcast to millions of people. He didn't hurt anyone by what he did except himself. As far as being a role model, my job as a parent is to explain that even the best of people make mistakes. I was once his age and made dumb decisions too so I will not cast any stones. Although I do agree that adults should not condone his actions, I completely disagree with condemning the man for being human. It's that type of holier that thou attitude that this world does not need.
Comment by Robert Emkey of MD