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February 03, 2009

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Franky, Freeport

Jackie, some people out there just don't get it... And probably never will because they are stuck "on the couch" smoking dubbies fighting the "revolution" in their own head.. Dam Hippies!! Michael Phelps will go down in history as one of the most AMAZING swimmers and Athletes ever.. 14 GOLD MEDALS...INCREDIBLE!! No one is trying to take that away from him.. It's just very unfortunate and disappointing that someone who has such amazing talent and potential to be an inspirational role model to kids is such a DOPE! And because of his amazing accomplishments he has the opportunity to make millions and millions of dollars in endorsement deals. His one JOB, which will net him MILLIONS and MILLIONS of dollars, is very simple.. maintain that image of integrity, respect, inspiration, and responsibility to the public, his country, and the millions of kids who look up to him. Now I'm sure there were many "HIPPIE" Phelps fans that applauded his illegal bong hits... They probably lit one up in celebration.. But what about his DUI??? Do you celebrate that as well?? Hey what's the big deal right? "This idea that what someone puts into his own body on his own time is any of the government's damned business".... How many people die in DUI related accidents a year!?!?! And yes there are a handful of people who despite their flawed judgments and drug use have still managed to overcome that and be successful.. But there are millions that haven't.. Some are in jail, some are addicts who moved on to even worse drugs like cocaine and heroine (remember that pretty little high school girl who was found dead in a garage after a party; she OD on Heroine), some are rotten abusive parents, some have murdered people in DUI accidents, and some just never got off the "couch" to reach their full potential and life just passed them by...

The whole point here is this.. While Phelps is an incredible athlete, he right now, is a terrible role model.. Driving under the influence is DANGEROUS and ILLEGAL, smoking pot is DANGEROUS and ILLEGAL.. Once he stepped into the public eye and cashed those million dollar checks, he became a sports icon and role model to millions. And being a "role model" is not just a "theory" it's a FACT! Kellogg’s knows it and gave Phelps (then rightfully took away) millions of dollars to endorse their products based on his "role model" image. Once that was gone they pulled the plug along with the money..And now he is suspended from swimming for 3 months, which I hope doesn't affect him from going to the OLYMPICS again.. I REALLY HOPE PHELPS FINALLY GETS IT.. (2) strikes already..Let's hope he can turn it around and not have a 3rd (He might not be so lucky next time).. Let's hope he can learn from these mistakes and become an even better person/"role model" in the future.. Let's hope he will continue to represent our country and break even more records.. Unfortunately there are many kids out there that don’t have parents who can be good role models to them. The look up to the famous & successful and aspire to be like them. That’s part of the burden that comes along with Fame and lets not forget FORTUNE.. I think any of us regular folk would accept that responsibility in a second for the GLORY and $$$$$$$$..

By the way this definitely is a Blog worthy topic (just turn on any news station and see).. Keep up the good work Jackie!!

Pat

i agree with you Jackie. Phelps should be punished for this. Like you said, lose some endorsement deals. But of course that won't happen. seems more and more that the rich and famous almost seem to be invincable. they get in trouble and buy their way out of it, and all is forgotten.

Bob

Jackie, when are you on news12? Mornings, evenings?

John

Heh. "[T]ry blogging about something that your viewers care about." After three (including my own) really long, carefully-considered responses.

For reference, I think that in most cases, if there's someone commenting, they care. Disagreement doesn't (in most cases) and shouldn't imply any disrespect. Personally, I'd like to see more reader comments that apply to the articles themselves. Open discussion is interesting, after all, which is why blogging software comes with comment forms.

If there's nothing here a reader cares about, it's not like there aren't, like, a billion-zillion other blogs to read.

Bob

John I agree with you. Imagine someone paying you millions of dollars per year. I'd be very grateful for that. And you're right, these naysayers most likely have a drug issue.

Ignore them Jackie and blog and report on whatever you like.

joe

jackie, i am on your side and a few of these morons who got on you must have a drug issue themselves. to say that pot is not a dangerous drug, they need to really hear some of the druggies who state that pot lead them to stronger and more controlling drugs. as for phelps being a role model, i don't get the whole thing of sports figures being role models. to me, big deal, they are people who are good in a sport and get paid far to much and cry and complain at every chance they get. the real role models are the soldiers, firemen, police, etc that put their lives on the line each day and their yearly salary only matches probably a days pay of these spoiled stars. You got doctors, nurses, parents that work three jobs just to make sure their family is cared for. As i grew up i didn't look at bobby orr as a role model, i looked at my older brothers and dad, because they were my heroes. i agree with the comment about the politicians and how their families get away with stuff, but the whole society is meesed up. when you pay a baseball player 30 million a year to play about 125 games a year, and then you pay a marines(50,000 a year approx)who is fighting each day to just stay alive, it is all out of whack.
as far as pretty reporters like jackie, heck they should pay you more just to have to blog and be hassled, keep up the good work.

mdk

Seriously? Are you the perfect role model reporter? Have you ever tried any form of illicit drug, or had a few drinks before you were 21? Give it a rest and try blogging about something that your viewers care about.

John

To me, the shame is that there are kids who don't have anybody better in their lives that an ineloquent athlete is their role model. Could it be that we have too many parents who aren't (allowed to be?) involved in their kids' academic/athletic lives, and are too busy gambling in the stock market and deadening the stress with alcohol?

Actually, because of that, I don't buy the "role model" theory. I've never known a kid, even when I was a young'un, who derived his behavior from a celebrity. Children take their cues from a source much closer to home. Fashion, sure, because celebrity-copying garbage is all parents can buy in the store.

But kids I've known drank and took drugs because they didn't think anybody cared about them AND they saw the adults in their lives self-medicating for stress (and the doctors pumping them full of mood-fixers probably doesn't hurt the process). Sure, they'll blame the celebrity, because it's more convenient, but the fault is in treating kids as if they need to be occupied with busy work or left to their own devices, rather than taking responsibility.

As for Phelps, he's really now the problem of his sponsors. Personally, I don't care; they pay him, and can make whatever "morality" demands they see fit. But anybody who does see a difference should vote with their dollars, boycott the offending companies, and drop their CEOs a polite letter telling them why.

Personally, I'd rather go after the people who are collapsing the economy than yet another athlete who can't deal with the fame.

Phelps fan

Jackie - Get serious.

If he can smoke a little dope and go on to win 14 Olympic gold medals, maybe pot smokers aren't doomed to lives of couch surfing and video games, as our moronic government would have us believe. In fact, the list of successful pot smokers includes not just world class athletes like Phelps it includes Nobel Prize winners, Pulitzer Prize winners, the last three U.S. presidents, several Supreme Court justices, and luminaries and success stories from all sectors of business and the arts, sciences, and humanities.

So go ahead. Ban him from the next Olympics. Yank his endorsement deals. Stick your collective noses in the air and get all indignant on him. While you're at it, keep arresting cancer and AIDS patients who dare to smoke the stuff because it deadens their pain, or enables them to eat. Keep sending in goon squads to kick down doors and shoot little old ladies, maim innocent toddlers, handcuff elderly post-polio patients to their beds at gunpoint, and slaughter the family pet.

Tell you what. I'll make you a deal. Have Phelps apologize for smoking pot when every politician who ever did drugs and then voted to uphold or strengthen the drug laws marches his rear end off to the nearest federal prison to serve out the sentence he wants to impose on everyone else for committing the same crimes he committed. He should apologize when the sons, daughters, and nephews of powerful politicians who get caught possessing or dealing drugs in the frat house or prep school get the same treatment as the no-name, probably black kid caught on the corner or the front stoop doing the same thing.

Until then, I for one will have none of it. He smoked pot. He liked it and he'll probably do it again. He should refuse to apologize for it, because by apologizing it helps perpetuate this stupid lie, this idea that what someone puts into his own body on his own time is any of the government's damned business. Or any of yours. I applaud him and should not bend over and allow myself to be propaganda for this wasteful, ridiculous, immoral war.

Go ahead and tear him down if you like. But let's see you rationalize in your next lame blog how the greatest swimmer the world has ever seen . . . is also a proud pot smoker.

Bob

I totally agree with you Jackie. He should lose all of his endorsements. The problem is that these athletes do not get it. They think they're not role models, they did not ask to be role models and for those who are paid athletes, it is not in their contracts to be role models. While all this is technically true, the reality is they are a role model to someone. Once you are on public display for your skills, someone, anyone will look up to them, regardless if these athletes want it or not.

Even a beautiful female reporter (who lost her camera) is a role model for someone. Possibly a young girl who thinks "hey, she can do it, why can't I?" And when you wrote about the good samaritan who returned your camera, he became a role model. Somewhere someone read that and thought, "wow he did the right thing and made someone very happy, maybe I can make someone happy".

We don't realize how much we influence children and adults as well. Yes we learn by reading, but we also learn by observation, especially children.

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