Michael Phelps smoked a bong. The world is coming to an end! To see how absurd the reaction to this news has been, read this paragraph and pretend you didn't know what Phelps did.
... we decided to send a strong message to Michael because he disappointed so many people, particularly the hundreds of thousands of USA Swimming member kids who look up to him as a role model and a hero,” the Colorado Springs, Colo.-based national governing body said in a statement.
“Michael has voluntarily accepted this reprimand and has committed to earn back our trust.”
Disappointed so many people? Earn back trust? Are you kidding me? The guy smoked a bong, doing less damage to his body than a few shots of whiskey would have done, and committed a legal infraction worthy of less punishment than going 100 mph. Just what trust did he violate, never having fun in his life?
Michael Phelps is a role model and a hero! He accomplished through dedication and hard work what few ever will again. If you're deeply disappointed and feel your trust has been violated by him having a little harmless fun like millions of people do all over the world, get a life, please, preferably one in this century.