So let’s get this straight: when it comes to selecting someone to carry the Olympic torch, a way of putting our best foot forward for the whole world to see, the U.S. Olympic Committee decides that our best foot is a swimmer who was photographed smoking marijuana at a party; a guy who has been arrested twice for drunk driving, pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to probation both times; a guy who was suspended for six months by the organization that administers the U.S. “amateur” swimming program; a guy who has now gone without a drink for a whole 18 months; and a guy who has fathered a child out of wedlock?
Why not Diana Taurasi, who is only one of the greatest basketball players ever – male or female – and is appearing in her fourth Olympics?
Or Aly Raisman, who won medals at the 2012 Olympics?
Or Katie Ledecky, also a 2012 winner?
What, O.J. Simpson wasn’t available?