Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Michael Phelps gets a free pass

How in the fricking heck does Michael Phelps get a free pass? Here's some of the official statements that have been made.
IOC: "Michael Phelps is a great Olympic champion. He apologized for his inappropriate behavior. We have no reason to doubt his sincerity and his commitment to continue to act as a role model."

USA Swimming: "We are certainly disappointed in Michael's behavior. Our Olympic champions are role models who are looked up to by people of all ages, especially young athletes who have their own aspirations and dreams. That said, we realize that none among us is perfect. We hope Michael can learn from this incident and move forward in a positive way."

Speedo (which gave Phelps a $1 million bonus for his 8 gold medals): "In light of Michael Phelps' statement yesterday, Speedo would like to make it clear it does not condone such behavior, and we know that Michael truly regrets his actions. Michael Phelps is a valued member of the Speedo team and a great champion. We will do all that we can to support him and his family."

Omega: the Associated Press reported the watch company was "strongly committed" to its relationship with Phelps. "The current story in the press involves Michael Phelps' private life and is, as far as Omega is concerned, a non-issue."
Here's the statement released by the United States Olympic Committee:
We are disappointed in the behavior recently exhibited by Michael Phelps.

Michael is a role model, and he is well aware of the responsibilities and accountability that come with setting a positive example for others, particularly young people. In this instance, regrettably, he failed to fulfill those responsibilities.

Michael has acknowledged that he made a mistake and apologized for his actions.

We are confident that, going forward, Michael will consistently set the type of example we all expect from a great Olympic champion.
Here is the statement that was released by Phelps:
"I engaged in behavior which was regrettable and demonstrated bad judgment. I’m 23 years old, and despite the successes I have 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."
I'm extremely disappointed in his behavior.

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