Marijuana usage is legal in Washington State but players on the Seattle Seahawks could be suspended for using pot while Seattle Mariners players could be fine.
Remember when Michael Phelps had an inhaling problem in 2009? The Olympic swimmer and gold medal winning Michael Phelps was caught inhaling weed, what was the big deal? Seems that Phelps was not hurt in any way smoking marijuana in a college dorm and that his friend decided to take a picture of him, there would be a big laugh and life would go on.
Phelps was never arrested, and issued an apology. “I engaged in behavior which was regrettable and demonstrated bad judgment. I’m 23 years old and despite the successes I’ve had in the pool, I acted in a youthful and inappropriate way, not in a manner people have come to expect from me. For this, I am sorry. I promise my fans and the public it will not happen again.” life went on.
The USA Swimming suspended Phelps from competition for three months because of his “tokin.” Phelps also lost the group’s financial support for three months, although Phelps certainly could afford to pay for his own training. The USA Swimming group decided to take strong action “because he disappointed so many people, particularly hundreds of thousands of USA Swimming member kids who look up to him as a role model and hero.”
In the future, there may not be a need to apologize because marijuana usage is being decriminalized.Sports organizations will have to figure out what to do with users who legally buy the product and whether sports organizations can suspend athletes for using a legal product.
Michael Phelps paid a sports price for smoking pot. That may not happen again in the future for athletes who use marijuana..