Michael Phelps Gets Confused During Breast Stroke
Ever wonder why the most-decorated Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps, went all Charlie Sheen on us back in September by getting a DUI and going into rehab? It might have had something to do with his alleged Tinder hookup with Taylor Lianne Chandler. Yes, Phelps got online looking for some TLC, but ended up getting more than that. Chandler has now gone very public about being born intersex (BTW, that's a word spellcheck doesn't like, and I've had to retype it three times).
— Elite Daily (@EliteDaily) November 20, 2014
Here, I'll let her explain:
I was born with male genitalia with no testicles, but I also have a uterus and no ovaries
Okay then. Good talk. According to TLC (and note there has been no official response from Phelps, who is still in rehab), she told Radar Online that he came over to her place in Baltimore to watch a football game. Then...
One thing led to the next, and we made love during halftime.
And then after a flip turn...
[W]e had sex again. The intimacy with him was amazing! It was the first time in my life that someone has made me feel like a true woman.
Michael Phelps at the Winter Olympic Games https://t.co/KuwqcChw14
— Daily Vine (@Vinexper) November 14, 2014
Sure we're all making light of this (although I think I've shown a great deal of restraint by not using the name Mark Spitz in my column... wait, I think I just did), but of course, there's nothing wrong with being straight or gay or transgender or intersex (DAMN YOU SPELLCHECK!) or anything else where consenting adults engage in some intimate activity that incorporates individuals from different or similar lifestyles. But, perhaps, there is something wrong with airing the private details of your liaison while your alleged public figure partner tries to battle his addictions.
Phelps has his flaws, but to his credit, he hasn't run away from them or read an attorney-written statement to deny them (are you listening, Ray Rice?). When arrested for DUI in 2004, he pled guilty and fulfilled his sentence. When a picture surfaced of him in 2009 with a water pipe, he took the hit (literally) and admitted it was authentic. And now he's in rehab trying to put his life back in order.
So to Ms. Chandler, who seems to be using the publicity of the moment to become Kardashian famous, here's my advice: now that you've laid on him, how about laying off of him. This is one time the athlete deserves the benefit of the doubt.
David Young has been a columnist for ESPN and Sports Illustrated, and is now one for SportsGrid.com. Follow him on Twitter @turkeysflying.com
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