No surprise here, but the Associated Press is reporting this morning that the South Carolina sheriff who said he was going to go after Michael Phelps has declined to do so.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said he could not ignore the now famous bong toking photograph, but defended his investigation. So Lott admits he has less than he thought.
“Michael Phelps is truly an American hero,” Lott said. “But even with his star status, he is still obligated to obey the laws of our state.” Oh please, this man milked his fifteen minutes for a month, starting off with his specious claim that he was going to bust Phelps. and rousting another group of students just last weekend. Fool on a hill.
USA Swimming suspended Phelps for three months in the wake of the photograph, and Kellogg Co. said it would not renew its endorsement deal with him. Drug reform groups launched a corresponding boycott of Kelloggs. I have not had my Wheaties in a week. Damn, when will we lift that embargo?
The hypocrisy of pot laws was established forevermore by this episode. When Phelpsie was busted four years ago on a DUI charge it was written off as youthful indiscretion. Gets caught with a bong and there is a media frenzy. Just like the Super Bowl MVP. Seems to me toking today gets you a championship ring tomorrow. Pass the bong, please.
Here are the links to the BLB's comments on this already:
I only wish Michael Phelps had the courage to say, 'yeah, I smoked, so what?'