I’d like to draw your attention to the recent accusations and penalties meted out to one Mr. Michael Phelps, elite swimmer.
To wit: the recently-circulated picture apparently showing Mr. Phelps, if you’ll pardon the expression m’luds, sucking down a bong.
Item 1: A three-month ban from competitive swimming.
This will be nothing but counter-productive.
What Mr. Phelps needs is a greater training regimen. More hours in the pool. Less free time in which to toke on the chronic green.
Item 2: Cancellation of Mr. Phelps’ Kellogg sponsorship.
This is a foolish action on behalf of Kellogg.
The company is at risk of alienating an important part of its core market, namely: people with killer munchies and so wasted they’re unable to do anything more than pour milk into a bowl of cereal.
Estimates place this demographic at up to 16% of Kellogg’s fixed customer base.
We propose this alternative marketing strategy:
Item 3: The public reaction.
Now m’luds no-one is suggesting marijuana is a performance-enhancing drug.
In fact, despite its undeniable medicinal and anaesthetic properties weed has a certain reputation for being performance-reducing.
Being a cone monkey makes one shiftless and boring, prone to disjointed rambling and watching old episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation because they offer wondrous existential insight.
Yet Mr. Phelps’ clear natural ability has allowed him to overcome his devotion to Mary Jane to win 14 Olympic gold medals and to hold no less than 32 world records.
Surely these achievements in the face of a proclivity for busting down some blunt is worthy of nothing but our utmost respect.
Your honours, I rest my case.