Tyler Clary Skips White House Visit To Race Cars, Lands on TMZ

  59 Gold Medal Mel Stewart | September 12th, 2012 | Featured, Lifestyle, News

Tyler Clary marches to the beat of a different drummer, and it has landed him on TMZ.com.  After defeating Ryan Lochte in London, winning Olympic gold in 200 meters backstroke, Clary’s getting a taste of fame beyond the pool.

Yes, Clary swims, and is considered by many to be the hardest working man in the sport, but he likes other things as well, things that trump visits to the White House to meet President Obama and the First Lady.

On September 14th the 2012 Olympic athletes will visit the White House, as they do after most Olympic Games, but Clary won’t be there, according to TMZ.

“I’d rather race cars,” Clary has explained.

Clary’s competitive nature goes beyond the pool deck to pro racing on the track, and he appears to have real designs on refining his skills. He’ll be in Fontana, California September 14th test driving cars and then on to the MATV 500 IndyCar Event the following day.

Clary also DJs. You can hear his sound here. 

Checkout Clary’s complete photo vault here. 

Fan him on Facebook here. 

And you have to follow this man on Twitter, re: puppies, music, cars and more!

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59 Comments on "Tyler Clary Skips White House Visit To Race Cars, Lands on TMZ"


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Priyant Pratap
3 years 11 months ago

I don’t agree with the justification comparing it to his competitive side. This move is both ungrateful, reeks of the douchebaggery that came with him with his comments on Michael Phelps and says alot about his appreciation for spending time with his fellow Olympians. Whatever.

WHOKNOWS
3 years 11 months ago

Is this a sign of his patriotism? What a snub!

Jiggsar
3 years 11 months ago

Why all the Clary-bashing? Bravo for a guy who can win a gold medal and still run his own life. It seems the more people are in the spotlight, the more lame people want to judge them.

Many Americans believe the meaning of patriotism is the Patriot Act, and this year it’s the National Defense Authorization Act. What’ll it be next? Just keep swimming.

Robin
3 years 11 months ago

…That’s pretty lame on his part.

Ana
3 years 11 months ago

I don’t want to hate on the guy, but he does things that make me like him less.
It’s not what he does, but the way he does it or say it. Seems ungrateful and full of himself for someone who is early on his career and has accomplished very little in comparison with other athletes.

Freebee
3 years 11 months ago

He’s accomplished a lot, even comparatively–still I agree 100%. Why be a turd unless that’s just what you are.

duckduckgoose
3 years 11 months ago

Actually I think Clary’s getting smarter. He got absolutely roasted for his comments on Phelps. Despite his win in London, he’s still not a hot commercial commodity. If he said flat out he didn’t respect Obama, he’d get roasted again in the press and potentially become even more damaged goods commercially. This way, he makes his point without too much collateral damage commercially.

completelyconquered
3 years 11 months ago

I applaud his decision. Just like I applauded Tim Thomas’s decision not to visit the White House.

swimfan50
3 years 11 months ago

I’m not a big fan of Tyler Clary at all but I respect his decision…I would find a reason not to go too.

Jess
3 years 11 months ago

Yeah, racing cars, you could never do that again. His attitude throughout all the press has really put me off rooting for him ever.

AnotherSwimmingFan
3 years 11 months ago

I really think that people don’t like Tyler Clary because he’s flat-out honest when he is interviewed. He says what he thinks and feels. If after working his tail off for four years he wants to have fun instead of making a trek out to the White House to meet the president, then who should stop him?

AnotherSwimmingFan
3 years 11 months ago

It is my personal beliefs that Americans want their athletes to be robots who do not exhibit emotions or opinions, especially if they don’t win gold.

Mirielle
3 years 11 months ago

It’s not honesty that is a problem at all, it’s an attitude that comes across poorly and with entitlement. He may have worked harder than everyone in the entire world at being a swimmer, that’s great. But people don’t have to like him and that’s okay too.

3 years 11 months ago

agreed…it’s that simple.

jman
3 years 11 months ago

I think you are right on. His interview right before the Trials on this site was one of the most honest, non-politically correct interviews I’ve ever seen. He actually shared times he wanted to go instead of keeping to himself. So he actually put it out there for all to see if he made it or failed. Guys got guts in my book and was right on in his statement about Phelps. Just bad timing. He learned his lesson about timing but i hope he stays candid. Its refreshing.

Priyant Pratap
3 years 11 months ago

Firstly, it was put best previously when it was said this is more about his attitude and comments than his choices. Don’t wanna go? Fine. But his atttitude is groanworthy. And if he is a Republican in their current Romney climate, I’m probably gonna be the douche that says I’ll hate dislike for that too.

Jg
3 years 11 months ago

There has been a distinct move to Republican in state governments in the USA just as there has been to the ‘conservative’ party in Australia. Several Southern states have turned R for the first time ever .

Australia is trying for a surplus budget -which they won’t get -but at east it is a try. The Australian Federal Govt debt is $200 billion multplied by the US population equals about 3.5 trillion.

In contrast the US is running a trillion plus deficit every year & now stands at $16 trillion .Obama has added more debt that every admin 1778-2000 combined. If you don’t see the tragedy -you are blinded by ideology.

I can see myself voting for Labor (Aust ) if the budget comes in close because they would rove their economic management skills.

As Clint Eastwood told the chair – if the guy s not working out -you have to let him go. Works with any & everything Pryant.

It is not politics -it is survival.

Jg
3 years 11 months ago

I suggest you look at the forecast deficit & interest payments for all nations for 2016. Every nation endured the GFC & went in to deficit but as a % of GDP most are projected to be down.

Unfortunately at this rate the US will be climbing a mountain steeper every yeartill 2060 they will be paying 80% of GDP in interest.

Not possible Pryant.

Priyant Pratap
3 years 11 months ago

I feel like this is a discussion for a different site, not a swimming one so I won’t comment or go into it. Especially since it moves far, far from the point.

Jg
3 years 11 months ago

No Pryant . You as an Australian resident (unknown if you have US co-citizenship ) are the one that went vitriolic & outside of the topic.

I have just outlined the economics .

Priyant Pratap
3 years 11 months ago

Also Mel, I love you but if there was something normal about a guy skipping a White House oppertunity to go test drive a race car – then this article wouldn’t exist.

3 years 11 months ago

“marches to a beat of different” doesn’t mean he’s unpatriotic, just that he goes his own way. (Love you too, buddy!)

3 years 11 months ago

Is it not pretty clear to everyone that TMZ is not a very reliable source for unbiased information? I’d bet money that Tyler didn’t just say “I’d rather race cars.” I think it’s foolish to think that a 4-word statement published by TMZ is indicative of the guy’s general attitude.

Also, a little Google research indicates that Clary wants to be a professional race car driver after he’s done swimming. It’s not like someone said “hey, forget Obama, come drive cars real fast” and he accepted. This is a future goal of his.

To boot, the President always invites Olympians to the White House. He’s not going out of his way or something.

barbotus
3 years 11 months ago

Being invited to the White House in recognition of what you accomplished as a member of Team USA is an honor. Unless an unavoidable conflict exists, you go. It doesn’t matter that your political views differ from the current holder of the office. You respect the office, regardless of the present occupant. Flippantly saying “I’d rather race cars” doesn’t cut it.

3 years 11 months ago

First, I doubt TMZ quoted Tyler correctly.

Second, it’s really an honor for the President to meet these Olympians.

COACH
3 years 11 months ago

I’ll be honest, I’ve been around the guy a lot…he’s cocky, arrogant, not real loveable and yes sort of a douchebag. AND I’m sorry, but he is certainly NOT the hardest working guy in the sport. Wasn’t even the hardest working guy at FAST……. but I sort of like the guy and I have no problem if he doesn’t want to go to the White House. He wont be the only one missing (out of 49 swimmers I randomly guess 8 will be missing), and to take 2 days travel for a brief ceremony (however long I don’t know) is sort of a waste.

Jg
3 years 11 months ago

I have just come back fro m reading the Libyan attacks killing The USA Ambassador & marines.

IMO ALL White House trivialities should be cancelled.

You have people attacking embassies & hoisting Al quaeda flags & now killing & dragging the body of the Ambassador through the streets .

OMG. America -wake up. You are at war.

cynthia curran
3 years 11 months ago

Not everyone but Riverside County you are more likely to be Republican. However, Chad Carvin got a message by Clinton in the 1990’s and he was a Republican. I personality like Tyler Clary since not many Olympians have come from Riverside County and he tends to do his own thing.

cynthia curran
3 years 11 months ago

NASCAR isn’t why Riverside County has been more Republican its next to Orange County which until now was more Republican than Riverside. A lot of people couldn’t afford the housing in La and Orange County and moved out to Riverside I think Clary grandmother lives in La County. In fact the housing is cheaper so your more Repulbican types in La and Orange moved out to Riverside County.

bobo gigi
3 years 11 months ago

Always the big class from Tyler Clary! After his nice comments about Michael Phelps, now he skips the white house visit! He’s a pathetic guy.

cupofjoe
3 years 11 months ago

Some very interesting comments. If Tyler Clary doesn’t want to visit the White House that’s his option. If it is a political statement that’s his option. This is a free country. And don’t you think Obama (and every other president) is inviting Olympians to the White House to gain a political advantage? If Clary, or any other athlete doesn’t want to help Obama gain a political advantage that’s his option. This is America. Go Tyler.

Bossanova
3 years 11 months ago

Actually no I don’t think it’s a political statement on the part of the Prez. I’m as republican as they come, but meeting the president is an HONOR regardless of political affiliation. Thats why every president invites Olympians to the white house.

Dasher
3 years 11 months ago

Presidents always meet with the Olympians after the Olympics. It’s an honor because they represented the US, and the President by inviting them is bestowing on them a great honor in the name of all US citizens. This is not about politics.

3 years 11 months ago

This is the challenge about the role of President in the United States. Everybody gets to love the queen in England without having to pay the same deferrence to the PM…but as I’m sure everyone recalls from PoliSci 101, in the US the President has to play both Head of State and “figurehead.” In my mind, I try to separate the two roles, but each is entitled to his her own own opinion on that matter.

cynthia curran
3 years 11 months ago

Well, go Tyler. I dislike Obama myself as well but I not a gun-ho Republican.

Bossanova
3 years 11 months ago

I applaud this decision by Clary. I’m now a fan of his. All I can say is please do your research before you vote this November. If you do I trust you will make the right decision. Under the Obama administration the national debt is now 16 trillion dollars. It’s staggering. Thank you and best wishes.

don
3 years 11 months ago

You guys don’t get it. It has nothing to do with politics and political affiliation,it’s about self indulgence.JC could be there and it wouldn’t make a difference because narcissism has only one allegiance.

swimfan50
3 years 11 months ago

Your wrong…time to take a stand. Cancelling all White house functions should be in order until the debt is paid down and our ambassadors can be protected.

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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly.As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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