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    Re: Phelps apologizes for 'bad judgment' after marijuana photo

    Quote Originally Posted by rivrrat View Post
    I disagree. I have respect for people who are who they appear to be, not people who pretend to be someone they're not. That's not a role model, IMO.
    I understand what you are saying. All people put up a facade IMO. Maybe not all the time, but people don't share their weakest, darkist sides all the time. I don't blame him for selling his image though.

    I think role models are just people I don't know enough about. We all have our demons.
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    Re: Phelps apologizes for 'bad judgment' after marijuana photo

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    No one goes to jail for possessing weed in moderate amounts, famous or not.
    Come to Livingston County, Illinois. You would be wrong.
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    Re: Phelps apologizes for 'bad judgment' after marijuana photo

    Quote Originally Posted by faminedynasty View Post
    Phelps appears to be the most dominant athlete in the history of the olympics and he actually is. He appears to be a good ambassador of the sport and our country and he actually is. The fact that he smoked weed does nothing to change that. I think of all the teachers, professors, friends, parents, siblings, professional relations and acquantances in my life who have smoked weed and I am reminded of the fact that it is no one's goddamn business.
    Of course it's nobody's business. Which is exactly why he shouldn't have apologized. He did nothing wrong and it is pathetic, IMO, for him to PRETEND he's sorry for something that isn't wrong to begin with and that harmed no one.

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    Re: Phelps apologizes for 'bad judgment' after marijuana photo

    Quote Originally Posted by rivrrat View Post
    Of course it's nobody's business. Which is exactly why he shouldn't have apologized. He did nothing wrong and it is pathetic, IMO, for him to PRETEND he's sorry for something that isn't wrong to begin with and that harmed no one.
    So you feel when someone breaks the law they don't owe an apology for it?

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    Re: Phelps apologizes for 'bad judgment' after marijuana photo

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    So you feel when someone breaks the law they don't owe an apology for it?
    Not if it's an unjust law, no. That is silly.

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    Re: Phelps apologizes for 'bad judgment' after marijuana photo

    Quote Originally Posted by Ethereal View Post
    Not if it's an unjust law, no. That is silly.
    And who decides if it is an unjust law, you?

    I think the anti-gay marriage law is unjust, but it is still a law and it still prevents gays from getting married, so why is it you get to decide it is ok for an Olympic swimmer to be in possession of weed?
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    Re: Phelps apologizes for 'bad judgment' after marijuana photo

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    So you feel when someone breaks the law they don't owe an apology for it?
    **** no, they don't. A law doesn't make something right or wrong. Breaking the law doesn't mean anyone was hurt. I wouldn't apologize for any of the laws I have broken, and continue to break.

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    Re: Phelps apologizes for 'bad judgment' after marijuana photo

    Quote Originally Posted by rivrrat View Post
    **** no, they don't. A law doesn't make something right or wrong. Breaking the law doesn't mean anyone was hurt. I wouldn't apologize for any of the laws I have broken, and continue to break.
    So, if a law doesn't make something right or wrong what does?

    It's not that I don't agree with you in part, but I am curious your answer.

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    Re: Phelps apologizes for 'bad judgment' after marijuana photo

    And who decides if it is an unjust law, you?
    I suppose it's a combination of things, really. I'm not claiming to be an authority on what is unjust or just. I'm merely claiming that if I feel a law is unjust I will not apologize for breaking said law. It's a subjective valuation one makes, whether or not that subjective valuation garners objective validation is another matter entirely.

    I think the anti-gay marriage law is unjust, but it is still a law and it still prevents gays from getting married, so why is it you get to decide it is ok for an Olympic swimmer to be in possession of weed?
    I never claimed I get to decide what is appropriate, although I can certainly make a good case as to why smoking marijuana is appropriate. What I'm saying is that Michael Phelps - assuming he feels the law is unjust - should not apologize for it. Why should he? In his mind he hasn't done anything wrong, whether you agree with him or not is immaterial. It's not like there is a law that one must apologize for breaking the law.

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    Re: Phelps apologizes for 'bad judgment' after marijuana photo

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    No one goes to jail for possessing weed in moderate amounts, famous or not.
    Yes, they do. It depends on the county they're in.
    It can also depend on their age, and how many priors they have.

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