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Friday, February 06, 2009

Reefer Madness: The Southern Avenger on Michael Phelps

Our favourite paleoconservative vlogger Jack Hunter (aka The Southern Avenger) shares his thoughts on Michael Phelps and marijuana -- and he's absolutely shocked that "a 23-year-old Olympic gold medalist worth millions of dollars with celebrity to match" likes to party with the ganja:

More Western Standard coverage of Phelps and the debate over marijuana here and here.

Posted by Kalim Kassam on February 6, 2009 in Marijuana reform | Permalink


From what I hear, he's been suspended for three months and it's now questionable whether he'll compete in the 2012 Olympics. Technically he did violate the game's anti-doping laws; although marijuana is not a performance enhancer, it is on the list of banned substances. The sheriff of the county where this photo was supposedly taken has promised to press charges if sufficient evidence can be found, but even if Phelps is convicted, he faces a maximum of 30 days in jail, and apparently only one sponsor has deserted him.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2009-02-06 6:45:46 AM

They can't do a thing about the picture. Unless they trace the bong to its owner, which is ridiculous to say the least. "Sir, do you recognize this bong? If you have any information regarding this bong, please contact deputy dipshit" If that were the case they could arrest every rapper who has an image of someone smoking weed in the cd cover. Its a load of bullshit. They'll go on a witch hunt and just drag his name through the mud doing it.

Posted by: SamT | 2009-02-06 7:19:43 AM


That all seems correct and up-to-date. Here's what the National Post is reporting: http://www.nationalpost.com/sports/story.html?id=1257505

This article doesn't mention that Phelps has also lost a major sponsorship from Kellogg's (as you suggested)

Posted by: Kalim Kassam | 2009-02-06 7:43:09 AM

"Deputy dipshit"? You know, Sam, pot smokers and their sympathizers don't do their cause any favours by being such scruffy little scofflaws. One Phelps can't make up for a million bitter, alienated losers who grumbling loudly about the litany of injustices rained down on them by the Man.

There's one potential complication in your reasoning: As I understand it, Phelps *admitted* to inhaling the drug (which he didn't have to do, by the way). Of course, he could be fibbing so as not to have do defend himself against accusations of lying and so get the ordeal over with quicker, but probably not. If the good sheriff does drop it on Phelps somehow, he'll most likely plead out; it's a misdemeanour anyway.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2009-02-06 8:08:02 AM

Kalim, the news of Kellog's withdrawing their sponsorship (as of Thursday) can be found at:

"Rough waters for Phelps" by Bruce Arthur, Thursday, February 05, 2009

Apparently his other sponsors have stood by him, so far. Whether they continue to do so will depend in good part on how fast this whole thing blows over.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2009-02-06 8:10:52 AM

P.S. The Bruce Arthur article is in the National Post.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2009-02-06 8:11:55 AM

Awww. Poor little Michael is being crushed by corporate America.

He can now join the list of victims being oppressed by the state.

Repeat after me: dope-smokers are just innocent victims, dope smokers are just innocent victims.

Posted by: set you free | 2009-02-06 9:25:16 AM

God, what a dumbass. Just kissed millions of dollars good bye, embarrased his sponsors, embarrased every US Olympic athlete.

Class 1 idiot. Can you imagine Tiger Woods getting caught out like that?

And now it appears that this is just one event in a pattern of irresponsible and immature behaviour.

See you in rehab, jackass.


Posted by: epsilon | 2009-02-06 9:39:07 AM

Did alcohol cause Jack Hunter to wear a pink pirate shirt? I may never drink again.

Posted by: Matthew Johnston | 2009-02-06 10:05:03 AM

"Did alcohol cause Jack Hunter to wear a pink pirate shirt? I may never drink again."

I wouldn't be surprised if alcohol was involved in that clothing decision. The Avenger is a big fan of professional wrestling, maybe he just has a theatrical side...

Posted by: Kalim Kassam | 2009-02-06 10:21:41 AM

Glad the discussion has taken such a serious turn.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2009-02-06 10:22:43 AM

All this and the BC 3 appearing before the Extradition Courts on Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday-Friday.. there is still time to join our office pool " who of the 3 will rat out the other two first to escape jail ? ".. narrowing it down is gonna be hard

We guess the legal pot miracle just didn't happen in time
or at all for any of these people..

Prohibition must be doing something right to keep winning

Posted by: 419 | 2009-02-06 2:35:01 PM

419 - Marc Emery has already agreed to carry the burden for Michelle Rainey and Greg Williams so that they might escape jail.

Posted by: Matthew Johnston | 2009-02-06 2:50:58 PM

Which wouldn't be fair, Matthew, because all three of them are guilty.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2009-02-06 2:56:06 PM

the plea deal from His majesty you refer to was last year- that entire deal was undone in Ottawa and now stands at zero deal, All that did was demonstrate that His majesty is prepared to plead guilty to all charges.and that Ottawa does not take orders from Washington regarding drug policy/ So it is back to square one deal, and that is : appearing at the BC extradition court to determine if all three will be delivered to US authorities for trial in that country with the knowledge that the mastermind of this accused criminal trio has freely admitted to guilt..

Good Canadians and Libretarians will just have to see what these Canadian adults, after 4 years on bail facing serious charges, actually _do when they face equal time for equal crime.

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Posted by: 419 | 2009-02-06 3:20:18 PM

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