He made a mistake. He is truly great athlete, and he is fully human. Greatness does not equal perfection.
We keep forgetting that.
I’m not condoning his actions. The fact is that lots of people his age–and some much older–take a hit off a bong. Most of us would agree that is wrong behavior. I also think most of us would not consider it unforgivable. Regrettable. Foolish. But not unforgivable.
He’s suffering the consequences. He’s lost endorsement money. And he seems truly contrite. He took responsibility (no stupid excuses like “I didn’t inhale…”) and says he learned his lesson.
So to the knuckleheads who want to press charges and the media that continues to dog him, I suggest: lay off. I think many are being punitive out of shear envy and jealousy.
In a perfect world, great people would be perfect. In a perfect world, everyone would be perfect.
Whether a person is a politician, minister, athlete or business leader, we can and should expect more of him or her. But we shouldn’t be shocked when we find out they aren’t perfect.
We can learn more from the principles of greatness that putting our total faith in people of greatness. And we’ll be less disappointed in the end.