Phelps Phired….Marijuana or Money??

A chastened Michael Phelps, talks to 11 News...

A chastened Michael Phelps, talks to 11 News...

It seemed for a couple of days as if the greatest Olympic Champion of all time might escape  serious repercussions for a serious lapse of judgement, captured for all eternity by a cell phone, no doubt. There he was, 23 year  old Michael Phelps, winner of eight gold medals, taking a hit of weed off a bong. But the chickens are coming home to roost, as my Mother might say….late last night, the Olympic Committee announced they were suspending Phelps for 3 months, which means he won’t get his $1700 monthly training stipend…not that that means a great deal to him…he is a multi-millionaire,  but the 3 month suspension from competeting no doubt hurts. Even more painful,  his first sponsor has announced they are dropping himKellogg’s said at the end of the month, they will no longer need Michael Phelps to smile on front of their cornflakes boxes. That hurts a lot worse, of course, and no doubt his management team is hoping other sponsors like Speedo and Omega watches(who have so far said they would stand by him) won’t follow suit. But here’s the thing….Michael P. made this decision super-easy for Kellogg’s. And maybe…just maybe…dropping him is not as much about his recreational drug use, as it is a financial decision. Let’s say Kellogg’s is feeling the same crunch (financial not Sugar Frosted Flakes), and they, like many companies are looking to reduce their costs. Quick board meeting among top execs….”here’s how you can save some big money”…and wow…done…over…kaput. All it takes is  quick phone call, and Kellogg’s has improved the bottom line.

Which sadly leads me to something that has been rattling around in my brain for a while. This January, employers lopped off 598,000 jobs. As in, over a half a million people lost their paycheck…the worst since 1974. Here’s my question(and sometimes the question is more important than the answer)….how many of those companies laid off people because they had to…and how many fired workers as a kneejerk reaction to the recession…or, even worse,  I find this hard to even put this in print because it horrifies me….how many are cutting people because they will NEVER have a better opportunity. I know. But when your boss says, “Hey I’m really, really sorry to let you go, but it’s the economy, you know? I have no choice.” And you my unhappy friend, have no choice but to believe him or her. It is the perfect downsizing cover. Know what I’m saying? When I have mentioned this wonderful, awful idea to a few people, they look at me shocked, and say(usually), “I never thought about it like that.”

We’ll never know really, until maybe years and years and years down the road, when some people reveal with a guilty conscience, that they cleared out some deadwood, unproductive workers,  someone they didn’t like, or fired 100 people  just to save a few bucks…. people they could have kept. And you don’t look like Scrooge!! But you just made the economy so much worse. I hope I’m wrong, but I fear I’m not. And Michael Phelps is not exempt from this kind of thing…just better able to take the blow than most.

You can watch our exclusive interview raw footage, Michael Phelps with WBAL reporter Kate Amara…right here.

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16 Responses

  1. DONNA I CAN’T BELEIVE ON THIS ONE I AGREE WITH ABOUT EVERTHING YOU WROTE. BUT YOUR BLOG FOLKS WILL NO DOUBT CLUE ME IN. FOR PHELPS AND KELLOGG’S THESE FOLKS HAVE A IMAGE, AND IT APPEALS TO OUR YOUTH. DONNA YOU SAY A LITTLE WEED, I LIKE HOW YOU SAY THIS. THIS IS NOT THE EAR OF THE 60’S,70’S,OR 80’S. LIKE YOU SAID ONE IDIOT ON THE PHONE TAKES YOUR PICTURE AND FOR SOME PEOPLE ITS ALL OVER. I CANNOT MAKE EXCUSES FOR MICHAEL , CAL RIPEN, TIGER WOODS AND OTHER GREATS , WERE ROOTED. MICHAEL IS NO DOUBT THE BEST SWIMMER IN THE WORLD , BUT HIS ACTIONS , AND HIS PATH IS HEADING TO DESTRUCTION OF HIS CARRER. EVERONE SAYS ITS OKAY TO ME IS JUST ENABLING HIM TO PURSUE THIS PATH. [WHICH BY ALL MEANS I HOPE HE DOES NOT] FOR KELLOGGS THEY WILL FIND ANOTHER PERSON TO PUT ON THERE SERIAL BOX. I TELL YOU DONNA IF IT WERE COKE OR PEPSI, I WOULD NOT CARE WHO WAS ON THE CAN, IF I LIKED COKE THAT IS WHAT I WILL BUY. YOU MUST NOT BE FEMAILAR WITH 1974 , THIS IS WHEN BETHLEM STEEL IN MARYLAND TOOK A HIT, AND NEVER BOUNCED BACK. THIS ECONMY IS REAL , PEOPLE ARE NOT LAYING OFF FOR PROFIT , BUT I TRULY BELEIVE TO STAY AFLOAT. WHEN THE CITY AND STATE HAVE FURLOUGHS, BUT THE MAYOR GETS A RAISE AND THERE DRIVERS , YES DONNA I HAVE HUGE PROBLEMS WITH THIS, AND THE WAY THE CITY AND STATE ARE SPENDING OUR MONEY. THIS BAIL OUT DONNA IS A TRILLION DOLLARS THERE ARE ONLY THREE HUNDRED MILLION AMERICANS, SOME RETIRED, SOME CHILDREN. JUST GIVE THE MONEY TO THE AMERICANS, 1 MILLION A PIECE, AND AS FAR AS WALL STREET AND THE BANKS WERE ARE BEING SCREWED. THIS IS THE OTHER PART I AGREE WITH YOU DONNA. WE DO NOT NEED 800 BILLION DOLLARS TO SAVE THESE COMPANYS, AND THEN BUY FROM THESE COMPANYS TOP DOLLAR, THEN PAY TAX’S TO KEEP THE COMPANY GOING, MUST BE SOME GREAT WEED ON CAPATIOL HILL! DONNA THE THING THAT IS INTERSTING IS THAT THIS DEBT CAME LESS THEN A YEAR, ITS GETTING WORSE WHEN MORE COMANYS BELEIVE THEY ARE GOING TO GET BAILED OUT. CAPATIOL HILL HAS NO BUSINESS ON BAILING OUT THE WORLD, THIS IS NOT THE AMERICAN DREAM. TJ

  2. Billy Bob is my new HERO!

  3. I have had the same thoughts as you regarding these huge layoffs! I have not heard one other analyst, etc. mention this so I’m glad someone else is on this too. It too convenient.

  4. You know this Phelps bong thing is kind of funny, in a sad way. Here they are holding this kid’s feet to the fire for a picture that is supposed to show him taking a bong hit. OMG how terrible!!! Well what about the professional athletes like RICKY WILLIAMS the on again off again pothead. He is just the first one that comes to mind. I don’t know if he makes more by salary then Phelps does with endorsements but I’m sure he makes some major money. Yet with all the drug tests he failed he is still back in the NFL. Any Ravens players come to mind? Anyone that might have been hanging with the wrong crowd and got in some big trouble? I think a few years back Ray Lewis was in some big trouble yet today Ray is a home town hero. All of these young people get put in a position that offers them things that allow them to make bad choices. Phelps made a bad choice and once made he doesn’t get a do over. I hope he learns from his mistakes but only time will tell. Kelloggs has a right to spend their money anyway they please and if they decide not to sponsor Phelps so be it. I’m sure his life will go on, maybe not as much cash in the bank but he’ll be alright. I can also imagine that we will see more of him in swim competetion and if Kelloggs doesn’t sponsor him I’m sure there are other companies that will. There are far worse things in life that people do then take a hit on a bong. Then there is Barry Bonds…

    As an aside, Paul and Billy Bob, maybe if we ignore this nit-wit she will go away.

  5. BOB LET’S TAKE IT FROM THE BEGINNING. BOB ITS KIND OF FUNNY AND SAD, BOB I JUST A CELIBERTY ON THE WRONG PATH AND TO THE WORLD ITS DISTURBING. FOR PHELPS ITS TROUBLE, WORRY DISORDER,DIVISION, SUCH AS ITS DESTROYING PHELP’S UNITY HE ONCE HAD. BOB YOU ADD HIS FEET IS ON FIRE, AND HOW GAY OMG IT WAS A BONG HIT. BOB THE MAN [NOT KID ] IS TRYING TO APOLOGIZE FOR WHAT HE HAS DONE AND OWN UP TO IT. BOB YOU CANNOT HAVE IT BOTH WAYS ITS OKAY, ITS NOT OKAY, ITS SAD ITS FUNNY, YOU SOUND LIKE A CRAZY BROAD. BOB THE PROBLEM IS PHELPS IS NOT JUST ANOTHER ATHLETE BUT PHELPS IS THE BEST SWIMER IN THE WORLD. WITH THIS COMES A PRICE, THE WHOLE WORLD HAS SOMTHING TO SAY. BOB THE OTHER TRADGERY TO THIS IS PHELPS MOTHER, I BELEIVE SHE DOES NOT CONDONE IS BEHAVIOR.BOB YOU FAIL TO RELAIZE KELLOGGS ARE AIMED OUT OUR YOUTH, IF THEY DID ANY THING DIFFERNT I WOULD BE PISSED. THE LAST THING I WANT AT MY BREAKFAST TABLE IS A BOX WITH A PICTURE OF PHELPS SMOKING POT, THEN GEE KIDS OH MY GEE WIZ ITS WAS FUNNY, AND SAD , BUT KIDS YOU KNOW ITS RIGHT AND MAYBE I DON;T KNOW IT COULD BE WRONG, BOB GET THE HELL OUT OF HERE, YOUR NO MAN, YOU SOUND LIKE A COWARD.PAUL PLEASE I DON’T WANT YOU TO BE MY HERO. DONNA IS OUR HERO! DEB AND DONNA YOU THINK THE WORLD IS GOING THROUGH A MELT DOWN FOR CONVENIANCE,,,,,,,,,OUR YOU TWO OUT OF YOUR FREAKING MINE!!! IF FOR EXAMPLE THE BIG THREE AUTO MAKERS THIS IS NOT PLANED, EVERONE IS BUYING FORGEIN MADE CARS AND TRUCKS, SO WHO’S GOING TO TAKE THE HIT , THE AUTO MAKERS. WHEN THE SUPER BOWL WAS ON AND MARIA B WAS TALKING DONNA AND DEB YOU TWO SHOULD HAVE LISTENED. OBAMMA LESS THEN TWO WEEKS IN OFFICE CALLS IT CATASTROPHIC, WHEN I HEAR THIS WORD I THINK OF KATRINIA. DEB AND DONNA THINK ITS A PLOT FOR THE CEO TO MAKE MORE MONEY YOU TWO WOMAN GOT TO BE JOKING!!! IF IT WERE TO BE ,,,THE BUSINESS WANT TO CUT BACK , FOR MORE PROFIT, HEY THATS BUSINESS , WERE HAVE YOU TWO BEEN . IF YOU CAN CUT CORNERS, MAKE MORE FOR THE COMPANY, THATS WHAT ITS ALWAYS BEEN ABOUT, YEAH I WILL TAKE THE NAME BOOY JO ANYTIME. THIS IS ONE I WOULD JUST LIKE TO ADD, THE FOOL WHO BILT ALL THE CONDO’S DOWN ON KEY HIGHWAY, WELL IF THAT LAND WAS STILL AVAIBLE, THEY WOULD BE BACK IN BUSINESS FIXING AND REPAIRNG THE NAVY AND COAST GUARD SHIPS. TALK ABOUT STUPITY AT IT’S BEST THESE SHIPS ARE GOING ELSE WERE AND AGAIN MARYLAND HOS A EXCUSE FOR THIS, LIKE CRABSIN THE BAY. THERE ARE NONE HUN’S WE INPORT THE FROM VIETNAM AND THAILAND, LOOK ON THE BACK OF THE LABEL WHEN YOU SHOP. FOLKS THIS IS WHAT I’AM ABOUT , TELLING IT LIKE IT IS , IF IT OFFENDS ANYONE , ITS THE TRUTH.WHAT CAN I SAY? NAME CALLING I AGRRE IS WRONG , AND I WOULD TAKE SOULTIONS OVER NONSENSE ANY TIME. DONNA YOU HALF TO ADMIT BOBBY JO MAKES YOUR BLOG A LITTLE MORE INTERESTING. DEB WHAT IS REALLY CONVEINT FOR COMPANYS TO OFFER 401 K PLANS THEN PENSIONS. THE 401 IS A GAMBLE, AND CALL ME ANYTHING, DON’T READ WHAT I HAVE TO SAY ANY MORE , BUT REMBER WHEN YOU GO TO DRAW OUT YOUR MONEY YOU HEARD THAT 401 K’S ARE A GAMBLE. IF THE COMPANY CANNOT AFFORD TO GIVE YOU A PENSION, WHAT MAKES YOU THINK IN THIS COMPETIVE WORLD WE LIVE IN TODAY THAT THEY HAVE YOUR MONEY AT YOUR BEST INTEREST, THAT PERSON MAY WHO YOU GIVE YOUR MONEY TO, BUT AFTER THAT THERE ARE WAY TO MANY THINGS THAT ARE OUT OF HIS OR HERS CONTROL HOW THE MONEY IS REALLY USED. WE ARE BEING SOLD OUT DEB. WE DO NOT EVEN OWN BGE, ANYMORE FRANCE DOES. FRANCE NEVER PAID US BACK FROM THE WAR. I SUGGEST YOU AND DONNA AND BOB[MEANING UP AND DOWN] SEE BOB YOU STARTED THE NAME CALLING , I COULD NOT LET THAT ONE GO. TAKE SOME COURSES IN HISTORY AND HUMAN HISTORY. DONNA YOU COULD OF SAVED YOUR SELF SOME MONEY THE OTHER NIGHT [PLAY] IF YOU LIKE THE GETTO SCENE AND FOUL LANGUAGE, ON YORK RD NOT FAR FROM WMAR GO SOUTH ON YORK RD TO WOODBOURNE, JUST BY A PIZZA AT THE OLD MARIA’S AND HAVE A BALL. WHAT ALSO IS INTERSTING IS THAT JAYN MILLER IS OUT ONE MORNING BUSTING GANG MEMBERS AND YOUR INTO THE GETTO SCENE, AGAIN THIS BLOG NEVER SEEMS TO AMAZE ME,,,,,,,,,,,,,TONIA JO

  6. Somebody cue the cuckoo clock sound effect for Tonia Jo please.

    What a wack job!!

  7. BOB , YOU CANNOT HANDLE REALITY , THE FACTS ABOUT BALTIMORE. FIRST I’AM BOBBY JO, KNOW A WHAC JOB. AGAIN YOU ARE AS CONFUSED AS USUAL. BOB ARE YOU CONSISTENT WITH ANY THING IN LIFE. BOB IF THE 401″S ARE SO GREAT GIVE ME THE ANSWER’S TO THE FOLKS WHO ARE TRING TO RETIRE AT THE AGE OF 62. THIS IS LIFE BOB, CALL IT WHAT YOU WISH, BUT IF YOUR NOT WITHE THE FEDS, OR STATE , YOU COULD BE SCREWED. BOB WERE ARE SO INDEBT ITS NOT FUNNY, AND THE AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS DID NOT PUT US THERE, GREED DID. BOB I’AM SUCH A FUCK UP I’AM RETIRED AT THE AGE OF 44.HOBBYS REALESTATE, AND DONNA’S BLOG. BOB THINGS CHANGE AND IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHEN AND HOW TO KEEP PACKING YOU LUNCH FOR WORK ,,,YOU HAVE A BIG FUTURE,,,,,THIS BLOG GIVES ME GREAT ENJOYMENT, BUT I’AM SURE SOMEONE MORE INEPT THEN BOB WILL COME ALONG,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,TONIA JO

  8. No one will ever know for sure about your theory with Kellogs Donna but you certainly couldn’t rule out that possibility. This could be a convenient time for Kelloggs to bail out with out looking bad. As far as for Michael Phelps, he will have to deal with what he has done. When you achieve such a high goal as he has, you’re definitely in the spotlight, and are expected to live up to a certain standard, which can be hard for someone that age. I wouldn’t be too sure if some of our other well respected athletes may not have done the same thing at some point in their life, but were fortunate not to get caught or have it made public. Lets face it, as much as we’ve tried to educate kids about drugs, it’s still a serious problem in this country. As far as the economy, I agree with you about the businesses. If congress would take the amount of money it’s planning to give the banks and businesses, and give that money to the tax paying consumer instead, I think it would jump start the economy alot more effectively. Remember, if it wouldn’t be for the consumer, the banks and businesses wouldn’t be in business in the first place.

  9. donna who really cares about kellogs ,caption crunch, and phelps money. who really cares, phelpes is a loser like you and your news station tonia jo

  10. Donna,

    All I can say is someone needed to be at my church this morning. The sermon was entitled, “Breaking Free From Anger.” I said it the other day, and I will say it again, Donna, keep doing what you do!

  11. trish i coud not agree more

  12. #1 – Please, enough with the all caps. It’s distracting to read; so I didn’t read any of your ramblings.
    #2 – Phelps’ contract with Kellogg’s expires at the end of February, so what’s the point in the company coming out to say “We’re not renewing the contract” – when they didn’t have a press release sent out saying the same thing when they didn’t renew the US Olympic Team contract (for no apparent reason)
    #3 – USA Swimming said technically Mike did nothing wrong but they’re using him as an example. Really? That’s lame.
    #4 – Everyone will get over this…they always do. Move on people, there are far more important things in this world to concern yourself with. (How many of our past – including current- presidents hit the bong? SEVERAL! And we still elected them to public office…see, get over it)
    #5 – LOVE the blog, keep it going, ignore the haters!

  13. BALTIMORE LOVE THE BONG HATE THE HATERS , WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT. YEAH CLINTION, REALLY HELPED THIS COUNTRY OUT, IF DOPE IS SO GOOD WHY GIRL ARE YOU NOT IN THE CITY ENJOYING THE BEST THE CITY OFFERS/DRUGS/CRIMES, SEE A PATTERN. YOU DISCUSS WHATS ON THE BLOG , I NEVER WAS UNDER IT TO GET OVER IT. MAY PAY , MY JOB IS GREAT ,AND THINGS CANNOT BE BETTER. THE MANURE YOUR SHOVELING STINKS, AND IS RIDDLED WITH NO THOUGHT. BALTIMORE GAL ————B – MORE – CAREFUL—GAL—GOT -TO LAUGH,,,,,,,,KNOW WHAT WHAT I MEAN B-MORE GIRL. BALTIMORE ARE LIKE SHEEP, THEY FOLLOW , NOT MANY LEADERS. LEADERS WE HAVE ARE CORRUPT,DIXION, THE POLICE, THE BEST PART LATELEY IS THAT BGE WAS SOLD TO FRANCE, WAKE UP MARYLANERS, TAKE NO DOZE WHAT EVER WORKS, THE NEWS THAT IS BEING PUT OUT IS PROPGRANDA, IF YOUR BUYING THIS STIMULS BILL , STAY TUNE TO THIS BLOG IF ITS STILL AROUND , YOU FOLKS AFTER THE FACT WILL HAVE A LOT TO SAY/////////ALWAYS DO. EVERYONE IS SAYING SMOKING POT IS OKAY, TELL THAT TO THE POLICE WHO PUT THERE LIFE ON THE LINE TO FIGHT DRUGS,,,,YOU CANNOT HAVE IT BOTH WAYS,,,,,,,,,,,,,B-MORE -CAREFUL. MY WRITINGS ARE LIKE A SHIP AT SEA ONE BUMP IN THE NIGHT AND YOUR HOOKED,,,,,,,,,,,,,TONIA JO THE ONE YOU WANT TO ASK TO KNOW, HOW FUN IS THIS BLOG TO DOGONE FUN,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,REALY I LOVE IT, DONNA JUST PLEASE DON’T GO NO WERE,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,TJ

  14. Get a life, “TJ”

  15. DO A LITTLE DANCE MAKE A LITTLE LOVE GET DOWN TO LIFE,,,,,,,, IS THAT WHAT SOMEBODY IS TALKING ABOUT ,,,,,,GOD PLEASE DON’T TAKE THIS BLOG AWAY FROM DONNA,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,TJ

  16. TO THAT BIBLE THUMPER THE ONLY BELLS IN YOUR HEAD ARE HELLS BELLS , A.C.D.C,,,,,,THEY MUST OF SHOOK YOU ALL NIGHT LONG DARLING , BECAUSE YOU KEEP COMING BACK FOR MORE,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,MERCY , MERCY ME, LORD HELP THAT PERSON,,,,,,,,,,,, AND LORD IF YOUR NOT TO BUSY PLEASE KEEP THIS BLOG GOING, AMEN TJ

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