Phelps should quit booze and smoke pot [Letter]

It's sad to see Michael Phelps in the news again, not for his athletic accomplishments but for driving drunk — again ("Phelps faces second charge," Oct. 1).

Now he's gone from wayward youth making a bad decision to a problem drinker and public menace. He should have made the smart choice, given up drinking for good and smoked marijuana instead. Then, instead of driving around like an idiot risking other people's lives, he would have been sitting at home on his couch watching TV and eating potato chips.

Maybe that's not a recipe for getting in world class swimming shape, but hey, neither is staying up all night getting drunk. In fact, I daresay drinking is far worse for his swimming than any amount of pot ever could be.

William Smith, Baltimore

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