It amazes me that people think they can answer that question. Lawerence Taylor was a known coke-head who was beloved by fans, and largely, by media also. Allen Iverson has been busted, not just for drug possession, carrying a concealed weapon, threatening two dudes with a gun, and maiming by mob. It's true that Iverson has never been popular with the media. But in his prime, he was one of the most popular players in the NBA. Even in his twilight years, Iverson's jersey is the most popular in the NBA.
There is no real debate about blacks and whites and drug policy. We get the short end of the stick, no question. But seriously, atheletes--at least during their careers--are on another planet. Maybe things would have been worse for Phelps if he were black. I really have no idea. But simple-minded, uncomplicated, flat readings of race into every little thing are silly. The dude lost his endorsement. His friends are being hauled off to jail. I don't understand the point of piling on and saying, "If he were black, he would have gotten the chair.' Who the frak really knows?
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