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February 19, 2009 at 4:24 PM

Michael Phelps and marijuana

Outraged by something harmless

In agreement with David Sirota’s opinion piece, “Bong hits of fake outrage” [syndicated column, Feb. 16], I think it is unfair to judge and treat Michael Phelps the way everyone has. It is one thing to scrutinize Phelps as an athlete, but when he isn’t wearing the red, white and blue, treat him as a normal person.

Athletes like Phelps are held to a higher standard, so we can criticize and pick apart every move they make. Many 23-year-olds have smoked or do smoke weed, but Phelps, because he is an Olympic athlete, cannot act like a normal 23-year-old.

I will take it one step further and say it is nice to know Phelps is engaging in more responsible behavior now that he is 23, as opposed to when he was 19 and driving drunk. Our society is in trouble when we are more outraged by something as harmless as ripping a bong than driving drunk.

Michael Phelps doesn’t owe anyone an apology, but he deserves one after he was mistreated. After all he has done for the USA, hopefully, for our country’s sake, he will accept our apologies by 2012 for the London games.

— Cody Bludorn, Bainbridge Island

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