If you haven't heard or seen the picture(s) yet, Michael Phelps was photographed back in November taking bong hits.
I agree with Hugh Hewitt on this one--to his credit, Phelps owned up to it immediately and apologized to his fans, his sponsors, and anyone else interested in his apology. That's not only classy, it's smart--no lying, and tomorrow it won't be a story anymore.
Some of my students discussed it in class today, and I was impressed with one comment in particular. When one student lamented that Phelps is a "hero" and shouldn't have done what he did, the writer of this blog replied that "he's not a hero"; they agreed he's a "champion"--kinda hard to disagree with that!--but he's not a hero.
When some students suggested that they should use the "Phelps excuse" to smoke pot, I jokingly suggested that when they earn 8 gold medals in one Olympics, then they could consider it.
I've said it before and I'll say it again--I don't smoke and have no desire to, but I don't see pot as any worse than alcohol. I'd support its legalization. I do not, however, support violating the current law.