The idea that the sheriff of Richland County would go after Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps because Phelps was pictured holding a bong at a party in the sheriff's district struck me as something we'd see on a TV cop show.
The TV cop show would be Andy Griffith. But it wouldn't be sheriff Andy Taylor pursuing Michael. Andy's sense of justice was based on common sense. It would be Barney Fife. Barney would pull his black and white Ford Galaxie onto I-20 and make the eight-hour drive to Baltimore.
Phelps was not apprehended committing a crime. He was merely pictured in the tabloid News of the World -- available at non-leading supermarkets everywhere -- holding a marijuana pipe. Even if he was smoking pot, does Richland County really have the resources to extradite a guy for simple possession?
The good sherriff, who attracted national publicity for pursuing the investigation of Phelps, said Monday he would not charge the swimmer with marijuana possession.
I'm glad. There are more serious crimes in and around Columbia, S.C. to look into. Word is that Opie has been acting up again.