“so what. It’s just a little pot!”… that’s the comment I heard today when talking about 8x gold medalist Michael Phelps. Role model…on all the cereal boxes.
Certainly I am not the only one that thinks this is an outrage. Sure he’s a ‘kid’. Though 23 IS young, he’s not 15. A little past peer pressure, don’t you think? He was busted with a DWI. Anyone out there lose a family member to a drunk driver? Not so cute is it?
Now, his only excuse one more time is, “oh, I’m sorry. I used poor judgment.” Poor judgment was hanging out with the wrong crowd. Drinking and driving and then doing drugs (while being photographed) is WAY PAST poor judgment. We’re right up there with stupidity.
I have three great kids that look up to him and they ask me, “Mom, we know better. Why doesn’t he?” If the role models can’t keep it together, how do we expect our kids to?
I use to drink…. A LOT. My kids were watching. It wasn’t poor judgment. It was STUPID. My kids were watching. Thankfully, I cleaned up and have spent years teaching my children a better way (and asking for forgiveness for ever being so stupid). But what if I just said, “oh, sorry.” Or what if I said, “doesn’t matter..just a few drinks? I can handle it”
What if my teenager comes home after being busted with pot and says, “it was just a little pot”. Do I look the other way? Do I simply say, “oh he’s a good kid. Look, he made the honor roll and won a scholarship. So what he’s doing drugs. SO what his younger brother and sister are watching.”
Can you tell how furious I am that this doesnt’ seem to be such a big deal to anyone? Where are the role models are children are to follow? And where is the accountability for anyone..especially those that hold such an audience?
Oh, that’s right…he did win 8 gold medals, so what does it matter if he’s doing drugs. It’s just a little pot.