The whole “backlash” from the “ordeal” of Michael Phelps’ being photographed with a bong has the 14-time Olympic gold medalist wondering aloud if his days in the public eye might be over. Phelps told The Baltimore Sun that he’s even considering staying out of the pool for the London Olympics in 2012.
“This is a decision of mine that I’m not going to make today and I’m not going to make tomorrow,” Phelps said. “It’s going to require a lot of time and energy and a lot of thinking for myself – but also talking to [coach] Bob [Bowman] and talking to my family and just deciding what I want to do.
“Yeah, there are still goals that I have in the pool, 100 percent. But I’m not going to let anything stand in my way. If I decide to walk away, I’ll decide to walk away on my own terms. If it’s now, if it’s four years, who knows. But it is something I need to think about and decide what I want to do.”
Uhhh, let’s do the math here, Mister Ed. You still want watch and cell phone endorsements? You still want to be treated like royalty everywhere you go? You still want free pot? Then you get your ass back in that pool. Because you’re just another guy in purple camo pants otherwise. You can retire when you’re, you know, 27. Retired at 27? God, I hate you Michael Phelps. Can you get me a free watch?