Is the media being too hard on Phelps?
Over the past couple of days, Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps has been disgraced by the media over a picture of him taking a bong hit.
According to Foxnews.com, he was quoted saying:
“I engaged in behavior which was regrettable and demonstrated bad judgment. I’m 23 years old, and despite the successes I’ve had in the pool, I acted in a youthful and inappropriate way, not in a manner that people have come to expect from me. For this, I am sorry. I promise my fans and the public it will not happen again.”
He has been outspoken in the past against drugs, and been supportive of WADA, the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Michael was also in the media spotlight recently over his relationship with a Las Vegas stripper and excessive partying. The concern now is that this may be the last straw or “career suicide” for him.
Is this just a young man who is enjoying the limelight and experimenting with things that normal 23 year-olds do? Or is he a hypocrite that should suffer the consequences of his behavior?