Olympic hero Phelps acknowledges marijuana pipe photo is authentic and issues apology
PHELPS: Issued apology over cannabis pipe photo
Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has tonight acknowledged that the shocking photo showing him smoking a cannabis pipe is authentic.
He admitted “regrettable behaviour” and “bad judgement” after the News of the World published an exclusive photo showing him inhaling from a marijuana pipe.
In a statement released to The Associated Press, the swimmer, who won a record eight gold medals at the Beijing Games, did not dispute the authenticity of the exclusive picture.
I am sorry. I promise my fans and the public it will not happen again. “I engaged in behaviour which was regrettable and demonstrated bad judgement,” Phelps said.
“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.”
View photo below of picture taken while Phelps smoked the bong.