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.”