By now, you probably have seen the photo above that The News Of The World acquired of Michael Phelps smoking some pot. is it a big deal? Probably not in the scheme of life but to his sponsors and future endeavors it is probably a crusher. The picture is not why I am posting though. I mean the damn thing has been all over the internet and television and so it really isn't news. Even the fact that his “people” made the worst bribe offer in the history of bribes is hardly newsworthy. I mean why would the newspaper want Michael Phelps writing a column for them? Have you heard the guy talk? Oh, and he will try and get his sponsors to advertise with the paper. Try being the operative word there.
No, the thing that absolutely kills me about this whole situation is that it happened last November. Last November 6th, Michael Phelps went to the University of South Carolina to see his girlfriend. His girlfriend. Jordan Matthews. Apparently they had been seeing each other fir awhile and it was fairly serious because he made the effort to go to South Carolina to see her and spend the weekend with her.
OK, that was November 6th. Not even three weeks later, Michael brought home his girlfriend to Thanksgiving dinner with his family and parents. The thing is it was that stripper and not Jordan Matthews, although perhaps Jordan is a stripper as well. No one even questions the fact that he was either two timing one of the two or fell in love with the stripper in a hurry and decided to bring her home to mama.
So, do you think that perhaps Jordan might have been a little ticked off about that situation and perhaps arranged for these photos to be sold to the highest bidder? And do you think it is possible there might be more of these somewhere of an even more indiscriminate nature that would further tarnish the golden boy image?