So? What did you think about Michael Phelps smoking weed? Is he a druggie or a heroic fighter for decriminalization of marijuana? A great athlete in a celebratory mood or just another pothead? A vile lawbreaker or just a wild kid? Is he the main character in a tragedy or a farce?
Phelps will truly remain one of the finest Olympic swimmers of all time. His aquatic accomplishments are the stuff of legend and that can never be taken from him. He should forever remain in the Maryland Pantheon of sports figures despite this incriminating photo and a previous DWI.
Our prodigal Marylander has explained that he suffered from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and had great difficulty with concentration and impulsive behaviors. Michael Phelps tamed his demons with hours of exhausting swim practice. These facts were thoroughly explored by the media following his initial Olympic stardom.
Knowing that, I am not surprised to hear of issues such as the underage use of alcohol and more recent documentation of other illegal substances. I don't for one minute absolve him for youthful indiscretions. Nor do I blame alcohol and marijuana on the pressures imposed by celebrity. This guy still has ADHD. He is 23 years old and has not "outgrown" his attention deficit.