Why would Michael Phelps give up this honor?
He’s the United States most decorated Olympian ever.
He earned this. His fellow Olympians voted to grant him this honor.
Yet, wait, hold on a minute…
Some liberal clown at CNN has a better idea.
Michael, it’s your white privilege that earned all those medals.
Not the 5 AM daily four hour training sessions that you did for years.
Not your will to compete.
Not your desire.
Thank you! I really appreciate the fact that you have made — or will make — the right choice here. You haven’t announced it yet, but I’m sure you will soon.
I know you have a big machine behind you. With The Olympics coming up, it must be extremely hectic around you right now. It has to be difficult to contact all your trainers, coaches, business managers, talent managers, Hollywood agents, sponsors, counsellors, associated charities, foundations, staff, assistants, friends, family, boys clubs, and girls clubs to let them know that you have turned down such an honor
Obviously, I am talking about what I hope will be your decision to decline the position as flag bearer in opening ceremonies of the Olympics in Rio De Janeiro on Friday. While you haven’t said this yet, I’m sure this is what you are going to do, because you are not only an Olympic hero, you are — by medal count — the Olympic hero.
And yes, being asked to carry the flag is a big deal. I’m betting that even a star of your magnitude is still feeling the glow of being voted to carry the flag by your Olympic peers. But I know that you must know that there is a better choice to carry the flag — the athlete who came in second to you
in the vote for flag bearer, fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad.
It shouldn’t be a big deal for you to give up your spot. For one thing, according to the Los Angeles Times, the vote was close. So Muhammad
must have lots of fans among the athletes. And also, let’s be real here, Michael. It’s not like you need the honor.
With 22 Olympic medals, you are already the most decorated athlete in Olympic history. You already know how America feels about you. We even forgave that youthful indiscretion of being photographed smoking from a water pipe
of the type that is often used for smoking marijuana. And we have forgiven those other youthful indiscretions (even the one that happened
two years ago when you weren’t that youthful).
It’s an honor Michael Phelps earned. His fellow Olympians voted on it.
Case closed. End of discussion.
No silly politically correct columns needed or wanted.