|Franklin gets emotional in London after pop star |
Justin Bieber sent her a supportive message via twitter.
From Staff Reports
When four time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin came home from swim practice on Tuesday evening, her self-professed "Bieber fever" spiked. She had received a care package full of t-shirts, CD's, posters, and other memorabilia that would make any Justin Bieber fan uncontrollably excited. During the Olympic games, Franklin expressed her excitement over a tweet and a video message the singer had sent her, and since the games Bieber has continued to express his admiration.
"Beebs sent me an awesome care package." She told The Swim Brief in an interview. "My mom was so cute the way she had laid it out on the table for me to see when I walked in the door. I just started bawling."
The catch? Franklin had famously decided to maintain her amateur status, foregoing millions of dollars in possible sponsorships as a professional swimmer, to continue competing with her high school team and with Cal where she has already signed a letter of intent.
Little did she know that the CEO of the NCAA, Mark Emmert, would soon knock on her door. The NCAA recently took a "zero tolerance" stance toward all things Justin Beiber. "This Beaver (sic) fellow," Emmert told reporters, "He just... well, we couldn't take it any more. Half of us at the last committee meeting have daughters in middle school. You get those songs stuck in your head, and when you realize what song you were just singing you feel so bad about yourself for the rest of the day. We just decided that the NCAA should have higher standards and we needed to crack down."
Franklin's mother was well aware of the NCAA rule. "I looked at this as an opportunity to have a sort of intervention. I mean, how insane was it for her to pass up all those millions of dollars? I get it, she is young and money is not the most important thing in her life, but my God!" She said in an interview. "This was the only way to knock some sense into her! If she doesn't care about money, maybe she cares about these silly Justin Bieber posters enough to settle for being a multi-millionaire."
Missy's USA Swimming club coach, Todd Schmitz, added "I have tried to talk to her about this problem before... not about the money, but about the Justin Bieber thing. Any time I sit her down to have a serious discussion about it her eyes glaze over and she starts quietly mouthing the words to the baby baby song. There is just no reaching her. Hopefully some good can come from this. With the millions she is going to make by giving up her amateur status, perhaps she can afford some real help from certified therapists."
Cal coach Terri McKeever reacted surprisingly well after hearing the news that she is losing her top recruit. "While it is difficult to lose a talent like Missy Franklin from our incoming class, over the last couple of years we have realized that they call it Bieber Fever because it is an illness. I support the NCAA zero tolerance policy toward Miss Bieber and am relieved to have learned of this problem before bringing it on campus. We wish Missy the best of luck with her future professional swimming career, and we hope that it is not too late for Missy to seek effective counseling."