No Shame: Why Michael Phelps Deserved to Carry the U.S. Flag



He’s a drunk, the woman wrote. How could we make Michael Phelps America’s Olympic flag-bearer?

The writer was commenting on a newspaper column that opined the U.S. could have “done better” than to select Phelps to lead its Olympic team into Rio’s Maracana Stadium for the opening ceremonies. The columnist, citing the record-setting swimmer’s DUIs and the infamous bong photo, would have preferred to give the honor to an athlete without “self-inflicted wounds.” Another writer at a national publication proclaimed Phelps was an “outright failure” between Olympic Games.

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