You know, at first I was going to say that Michael Phelps was being a bit dramatic with the "just trying to get my family home and safe" routine like he was Liam Neeson being interviewed while embracing his daughter at the end of 'Taken'. After all, the hard part is already over with. He's back from Rio with a handful of hardware and (presumably) a clean bill of health. As long as he doesn't piss off anyone that's taking advantage of their concealed carry permit then he's gotten an easier trip to the finish line then when he was a mile ahead of his competition in 200m Individual Medley. That's when I realized something...
These fucking reporters are waiting in a dumpy Arizona airport first thing in the morning solely to makes news out of his arrival. They willingly went through the hassle looking up the flights times, fighting the morning traffic, parking at an airport, and seeking someone out like they were about to make a public proposal just to get soundbite out of a person that literally just landed from a week long trip out of the country. As far as I am concerned Michael Phelps would have been well within his right to beat that reporter to death with his own microphone. The only person I want to talk to immediately after getting off a plane is myself and generally it's a pretty contentious conversation. I certainly wouldn't want to play nice with someone that's just going to ask the same damn questions they can easily get the answers to with one Google search. I don't think his safety was put at risk by an overzealous news team, but I can easily believe that his peace of mind was. Geez, aren't there any other American swimmers that are currently in need of morning news coverage...