Jan 20, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT
Wearing a beanie with a suit is always a good look, and that’s how Tim Lincecum showed up for his day in court on Tuesday in Vancouver, Wash., on a drug paraphernalia charge. He came away with a $513 reduced sentence (after paying an earlier fine for possession of the actual marijuana); on the same day that he asked the Giants for $13 million in arbitration. Now, let’s set the scene. After Lincecum was sentenced, he had to face … one reporter. Yeah, just one guy showed up with a notepad, and Lincecum blew him off (saying, rather comically to one person, “no questions, guys.”).
Also, one kid showed up to try and get an autograph, and Lincecum blew him off. Not exactly a crush of attention. Which begs the question: Why was there a firestorm of publicity when Michael Phelps was photographed with a pot bong a year ago, but Tim Lincecum seems to get a total pass for his pot shenanigans?
Case in point, this Fark.com headline today:
Seeking the richest contract ever awarded in MLB arbitration, Tim Lincecum asks for a $13 million salary. What is he, high?
Also comically making the rounds; comparisons to Wooderson from Dazed and Confused.
Now, compare that to January of 2009, when the world almost came to an end when British tabloid News of the World published the infamous photo of Phelps spending some quality time with a marijauna pipe at a frat party. His sponsors freaked, everyone called him an idiot, and he had to issue an immediate mea culpa to all the people of Earth. Swimmer Dana Torres said to AP at the time:
“It’s sort of a double-edged sword. When you’re recognizable, you’re looked up to as a role model. He is recognizable and everything you do gets looked at and picked apart. I guess that’s the price of winning 14 Olympic medals.”
A year later, San Francisco Chronicle columnist Scott Ostler wrote this about Lincecum:
“High crime? Nope, just stupid. Lincecum will get off easy in the Bay Area court of public opinion. In fact, his moment of reefer madness might even enhance his stature as a free-spirited goofball.”
Couldn’t it be argued that Lincecum is just as recognizable as Phelps? Aren’t they on par with each other as athletes? Don’t kids look up to each of them? But Lincecum pretty much gets off with a tap on the wrist, while Phelps is Reefer Madness poster child. That’s a bit of baffling incongruity.
But at least we have this:
Lincecum’s day in court ends quickly [San Francisco Chronicle]
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