Michael Phelps Issues Apology After Bong Hit Photo Surfaces

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Michael Phelps was compelled to issue an apology after a photograph surfaced in tabloid News of the World which showed the 14-time Olympic gold-medaller using a bong.

The NYT: “In a statement, the United States Olympic Committee said it was ‘disappointed in the behavior recently exhibited by Michael Phelps,’ describing him as a role model who was ‘well aware of the responsibilities and accountability that come with setting a positive example for others, particularly young people.’ … Under the current World Anti-Doping Agency code, cannabis is not considered a banned substance during out-of-competition testing. Athletes face suspension only if they test positive for it at a competition.”

Said Phelps in a statement: “I engaged in behavior which was regrettable and demonstrated bad judgment. I’m 23 years old and despite the successes I’ve had in the pool, I acted in a youthful and inappropriate way, not in a manner people have come to expect from me. For this, I am sorry. I promise my fans and the public it will not happen again.”

Comments

  1. says

    My thought’s exactly; My God! A 23 year old who smokes pot! Horrors! Oh, wait, he’s a 23 year old who smokes pot. B-F-D. I don’t REMEMBER 23 years old!

    And it’s all that is on CNN this morning.

    If I were him, though, I would CERTAINLY pay closer attention to the publicity sucking whores who surround him. He needs a better posse.

    Idunno, the last time someone made the news about smoking pot as a young adult, it was his life story being shown shortly before his INAUGURATION a few weeks ago.

    Legalize the shit, already, and move on.

    Rad

  2. Mike says

    This whole pot thing is over the top. I can think of Obama, Clinton (he didn’t inhale – yeah right), Bush – including Laura, Bloomburg… the list goes on and on… the only poor judgement he has exercised is being around whoever that was with the camera who obviously wanted to make a few $$$ on the side. It’s ridiculous that a plant is illegal in the first place but that is a whole other issue.

  3. Mike says

    This whole pot thing is over the top. I can think of Obama, Clinton (he didn’t inhale – yeah right), Bush – including Laura, Bloomburg… the list goes on and on… the only poor judgement he has exercised is being around whoever that was with the camera who obviously wanted to make a few $$$ on the side. It’s ridiculous that a plant is illegal in the first place but that is a whole other issue.

  4. Pete says

    The man is an idiot. He’s a public figure and he needs to be careful, especially when he’s seeking to make tens of millions of dollars in endorsements.

    Also, as innocuous as pot may be, if you look at its origins (and if it comes from somewhere south of the border), then it likely has blood on it. Over 400 Mexicans in 2009 (yes, just this year) have died in deaths related to the drug trade (drugs going north) so that 23-year-olds around the US of A can partake in their god-given right to feel good and get high.

  5. Wren says

    Yeah Pete, because the pot we smoke has blood on it, that is why it needs to be made LEGAL. The “war on drugs” is as dismal a failure as prohibition. Make it legal, the killings south of the border and in our inner cities go away. And young Phelps is proof that casual use of pot is no big deal. If he can do that and still be world champ, proof that it is not a big deal.

  6. noah says

    The sky is falling! The sky is falling! Oh, the horrors! Who cares. This is just one of the many mindless pseudo scandals that get tossed out and amped up to distract people from the real issues.

    Economic meltdown vs 23-year-old smoking pot?

    Don’t they make movies about kids smoking pot? Don’t those movies make millions?

    Whatever…

  7. Mark says

    The moral of the story here is…
    A “private party” is a thing of the past. If you want to attend an event away from the public eye, make sure there is a ban on mobile devices that can capture & share an image in an instant.

  8. Pete says

    Wren, I’d be inclined to agree with you on making pot legal (and in theory I am – “Fair Trade Pot” – can/might it exist?), but I am very wary of the thought of Phillip Morris type companies pedaling more drugs. They already have spent billions marketing tobacco, covering up evidence they don’t like, and hooking kids to a habit that kills them, but lines the company’s pockets.

    Until it’s legalized, though, pot coming from south of the border does invariably have blood on it and Mexicans are dying so Americans can have their fun

  9. Johnny says

    Government figures and estimates have shown again and again that more than half the pot that is sold in the US and UK is grown within the borders of those countries… I doubt seriously that this pot has “blood on it”. Besides, mexican pot is lousy.

  10. noteasilyoffended says

    With all the shit hitting the world fan, we are worried about someone having a toke? Cigarettes have an almost 100% mortality rate and they are legal. Alcohol causes cirrhosis of the liver and can create monsters of fighting proportion and it is legal. Marijuana elicits laughter, sleepiness and the need to devour snack foods and it is illegal. The pharmaceutical industry lobby is making sure of that (as well as a few “well-meaning” hypocrites). Marijuana should be legal and this all should be a non-issue. We have a lot more to be worried about in this day and age.

  11. Jimmyboyo says

    RAD

    “…. I would CERTAINLY pay closer attention to the publicity sucking whores who surround him. He needs a better posse. …”

    My bet is on Brody Jener being the leach who sold the pics.

    ———————-

    Pete

    Yes lets look at where pot comes from

    – oldest pot stash found in clay pots in a cave in china dating to 27,000 yrs old

    – there is evidence that the first city builders did not in fact settle down from hunting and gathering to grow food but rather to grow grasses/ grains to make beer, pot, shrooms, and other mind altering stuff……with writing being created to pass on recipes for preparing such. The very creation of human civilization based upon beer making, pot smoking, and psychedelic enjoying

    – Jewish scholars wrote in the Talmud centuries prior to the jesus myth’s supposed birth that pot was/ is an EXCELLENT MEDICINE and mary would have probably used it to sooth the teething of baby jesus under the guidance of Jewish religious scholars

    – GIANT!!! cash crop of the USA colonies providing fibers, oil, seed meal, and medicine to sell to europe and flood the colonies with enough cash to create a country. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both grew it

    – WW2 USA military uniforms utilized hemp fibers for our boy’s uniforms due to our cotton supplies being too small and way too slow of a grower (as vs hemp) to supply our war needs

    It was once very legal in america.

    legalizing it again!! stress again, would provide an easy (no pesticides needed due to natural chemicals in it and drought tolerant) cash crop for american farmers. Also an easy cash crop for inner city communities to grow on marginal spaces between derelict buildings providing much needed cash to the inner city (called the cash crop of the ghetto)

    legalize and TAX!!!!!!!!!!! it. Licenses to farm it, licenses to sell it, taxes on said sales = huge sums of cash for our cash strapped gov for the stimulus

    legalize it would free up tons of cash from the police for the police

    legalize it and thus kneecap organized crime. Especially with your mexico reference. large sums of the cash possessed by the drug cartels in mexico is from the pot industry and we could in one fell swoop cut the ground out from under them thus also helping to strengthen Mexico (mexico gov falls and we will be in a load of shit) gov by weakening their greatest enemy the drug cartels.

    It can be abused of course, but so to can water and oxygen. One can drown by ingesting too much water (while not being in water at all) and one can die in a room of pure oxygen.

  12. noteasilyoffended says

    If you want to stop marijuana with “blood on it” from entering the US, legalize marijuana in this country and regulate it like alcohol. Allow persons to grow a small amount for personal use. By doing so you take the necessity to “import” such (skunky) marijuana from Mexico and also increase the income to state and federal coffers. This is such and easy issue to solve.

  13. michael says

    Has anybody ever heard Phelps “speak?” There’s a reason this kid has bit of the “f-you” air about him lately: he ain’t too bright. Yeah, he can swim like a dolphin, but unfortunately his golden necklace did not by him an extra ounce of sense. He’s a typical 23-year old party kid, so who can blame him on that point, however when you are getting $100 million in endorsement contracts, one might think he would be a bit more careful instead of exhibiting the douchebag-like qualities he has been of late.

  14. noteasilyoffended says

    From Wikipedia and The Economist: “A 2008 study by Harvard economist Jeffrey A. Miron has estimated that legalizing drugs would inject $76.8 billion a year into the U.S. economy — $44.1 billion from law enforcement savings, and at least $32.7 billion in tax revenue ($6.7 billion from marijuana, $22.5 billion from cocaine and heroin, remainder from other drugs).[45][46] Recent surveys help to confirm the consensus among economists to reform drug policy in the direction of decriminalization and legalization.[47]”

  15. Jimmyboyo says

    PS

    The majority of pot in US and canada grown right here within our borders. It is cost prohibitive to ship it in from mexico.

    Most grown in basements or closets with grow lamps. truly one of the easiest plants to grow needing no pesticides, very little fertilizer (one could even utilize ones own seasoned poop …seasoned= month old to avoid nitrogen burn of roots) and drought tolerant. truly called the “cash crop” of the ghetto due to how easy it is to grow and how it provides much needed cash to those living in the inner city.

    A large part in fact grown within Indian reservation borders (their own laws govern them) providing much needed cash to them.

  16. Pete says

    If pot is grown within US borders, great. I am not doubting its medicinal, etc., benefits. Even if it didn’t have any benefits and even if people want to abuse it, people should be free to do what they want.

    I am all for legalizing pot so long as it’s not going to create more maniacal companies like Philip Morris.

    But the fact remains is that American demand for drugs (pot, but also other drugs) fuels a ton of violence on our southern neighbors. If there is a way to legalize, grow locally (or internationally with checks in place to prevent gross human rights abuses, to put it mildly), or whatever, more power to you.

  17. Ian says

    Pete,
    Nice spin, but it doesn’t fly.

    “American demand for drugs fuels a ton of violence on our southern neighbors” This is not accurate. The prohibition/illegality of pot fuels the violence, not demand. End the prohibition and the violence disappears for the most part.

    The demand for pot is largely unaffected by the prohibition, evidence suggests it works the opposite way. Example – the Netherlands..pot is decriminalized, taxed, and freely available, yet demand and usage is actually significatly lower than the US.

  18. chapeau says

    The REAL story here is that smoking pot obviously isn’t as harmful as the anti-drug nimrods would have us all believe … it is way past time to stop demonizing pot smoking!

  19. says

    Here’s a guy – who worked his ASS off to achieve success in the Summer Olympics and bring pride on the world stage to the USA – blowing off some steam and enjoying life before returning to grueling competition training, and he’s being crucified for typical 23-y-o behavior?

    He didn’t ask for idolatry status – y’all forced it on him, so don’t act all shocked and dismayed when he shows he IS human/part dolphin after all.

    Ya know, I’m not surprised the country is in the state it’s currently in, the priorities of the citizens are eff’d up. Common sense, logic and reason is becoming as scarce a commodity as the dwindling world oil supply.

    Methinks the ire is probably coming from those idiots who always wanted to toke up but didn’t have the balls to do it…….

  20. says

    Didn’t Michael realize someone was taking his picture… oh, that’s right, he was stoned.

    Seriously, who’s the douche who sold the pic? That kind of idiot deserves to have the crap beat out of him.

  21. TANK says

    Yeah, you keep thinking that…and nothing will get done. There’s a reason why the horns can’t split the difference, and it’s because both are too stupid to frame their disagreement in a reasonable manner.

    Yeah, Phelps is as dumb as a rock. It doesn’t matter if this is right, wrong, or neither, this jeopardizes current and potential endorsements. Let’s hope he doesn’t get pulled over for another DUI.

    And we forced this “idolatry status” on phelps? LMAO! Oh boy, that was a touch down.

  22. anon says

    The point here is not the legality of using pot. The point is that it is a PR disaster for endorsements and for the IOC. You can now expect them to require even more testing of athletes in the future because of this. Bode Miller got caught using during the Olympics, but at the time it was not banned, so then they banned it. Basically, they want their athletes to be perfect. There is going to be a lot of pressure on the IOC from China and other countries that want Phelps out of the way to ban the kid and the drug.

  23. mike says

    Gabe makes an interesting point. Who DID take the picture? No doubt, it was with a cell cam. There is no privacy anymore, is there? Somebody ought to find out who snapped the pic and then take that idiot’s cellphone and shove it up his ass–sideways. Somebody who would snap a pic and violate Phelp’s privacy would probably love having a cellphone shoved up his ass sideways. That’s how twits are.

  24. Paul R says

    Anon, it’s not during training, especially Olympics training. Moot point.

    As though pot is really a performance enhancer anyway. His opponents are probably delighted that he’s smoking a bong instead of training. This is such a crap story.

  25. crystal says

    look I agree with a lot of what people have said, marijuana is not even that bad of a drug or that common. The president that we have in office now smokes cigarettes which are incredibly harmful to your body more so then weed. I am a smoker myself and am stating this. The president is held in a much higher regard then Michael Phelps the guy won a ton of Gold medals for this country and he is a hero, and if he was smoking pot, and manages to get his things done and practice the way he does then more power to him. He is setting an example of knowing how to keep public life and professional life separate. He know how to take control when necessary and when he needs a second for himself he know that too, i think that is a good example. Whoever released this photo is a bad friend, and a hypocrite.

  26. crystal says

    look I agree with a lot of what people have said, marijuana is not even that bad of a drug or that common. The president that we have in office now smokes cigarettes which are incredibly harmful to your body more so then weed. I am a smoker myself and am stating this. The president is held in a much higher regard then Michael Phelps the guy won a ton of Gold medals for this country and he is a hero, and if he was smoking pot, and manages to get his things done and practice the way he does then more power to him. He is setting an example of knowing how to keep public life and professional life separate. He know how to take control when necessary and when he needs a second for himself he know that too, i think that is a good example. Whoever released this photo is a bad friend, and a hypocrite.

  27. Jake says

    Who cares if he takes a toke? The president nearly brags about getting high and snorting coke in one of his books.Did the press raise holy hell about it ?No.The fact that he snorted coke stopped me from voting for him not the pot.Coke heads and former coke heads tend to be very unprincibled.But I know people that smoke a little weed every now and then and they are solid a rocks.

  28. Don't Trip! YO PHILLIPS says

    I can’t believe I’m being a loser and typing this shit.
    Fuck It your sick as fuck ! Fuck that PIG trying to hit you up on charges Your not even like a true stoner. You fucked up by apoligizing. You should of just said it was flavored tobacco and went to the steam room and hit up the pool to swim off that THC. I don’t know who was doing your PRess Release but He /She or they should of some how flipped the script.I guess you live you learn.Fuck it next time just blaze it up with your close hommies so your shit don’t get out again. SD cali LaTe!

  29. Brad says

    Who are these people that complain about the dammage done as a role model?

    Do you mean like, fake, unrealistic and imaginary look at life. Are you kidding me? Athletes are just people and successful “Role Models” are just people that do a better job of hiding shit from shortsighted snoops.
    I think kids have a better understanding of the real world from this and will be better prepared than believing in some “cotton candy fantasy land” where we all hug each other and walk a straight line!

  30. BRAd says

    Oh yeah,
    I did mean to mention that whoever got the ball rolling on releasing that photo is pretty much a “DICK”

    And

    I hope the he/she has to change their name and move from the fallout of being said,
    “DICK”

  31. Nikki says

    Stoned or not he could kick all our asses in the pool, and I doubt he’s smoking Mexi. And I agree… we should ban the Mexi! Everyone: “Put down the schwag!!”

    And, to all you Inventors of Reasons Why Michael Phelps Is Wrong to Smoke Pot, the Mexicans that you say have died bringing marijuana across the border are doing it under the guidance and direction of other Mexicans in order TO MAKE MONEY, not with the sole purpose of enabling people in the US to high. So really, young America’s insatiable appetite for low grade Mexican marijuana isn’t the reason for the death of these Mexicans. First of all, young America tends to smoke higher quality weed if at all possible. Secondly, the blame can be placed on lawmakers in Mexico and the US, and Mexican drug cartels. Third, plenty of Mexicans die trying to cross the border without drugs. How about we all smoke a fatty and solve these problems instead of blaming 23 year-olds like Michael Phelps.

  32. geoff says

    FUCK you mike. thats schwagg.and also thats over coke and bad shit. no one dies from pot. plus the good shit is grown in the us anyways so suck a dick you prick

  33. BRETT says

    for PETE….listen buddy…i don’t know where you get you’re info from but the marijane that you americans get there isn’t from mexico…..and if it is….it’s not the good stuff. the good stuff comes from canada and you know it. FYI…us canadians don’t kill ourselves over a plant and don’t discriminate other people for smoking it. get off your high chair and grow up. get over the fact that other people are having more fun, and getting more attention than you, regardless of their stature.

    clear enough for ya? douche.

  34. helder says

    Dude if I were him I’d say it was tobacco not weed. And if it was weed. WHO THE FUCK CARES???? You try training like he does and not hitting the bong to relax.

  35. TANK says

    LOL@self righteous stoners.

    One thing’s for sure, michael phelps is not the fastest gun in the west…the sharpest knife in the drawer…the brightest bulb…why, he’s no einstein. No sir. Extremely talented, however.

  36. yad says

    hes the shiattttttt…….good for him….i thought he was a fag, but i like him better now. “It just once in a blue when there’s nothin to do and.The tension gets too thick for my sober mind to cut through”

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