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.
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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.
14-time US Olympic gold medalist swimmer, Michael Phelps – arguably the greatest Olympian of all-time – wait for it….smokes weed, too!!! Gasp!
Proof comes after this picture (above) got into the hands of British tabloid News of the World, who busily condemns Phelps’ “drug use” as a defamation of what it means to be a true athlete. The picture was taken at a party at the University of South Carolina on November 6, ‘08 while Phelps was there visiting his “secret” girlfriend, Jordan Matthews.
Says News of the World:
Our source revealed: “Michael came to visit Jordan but ended up just getting wasted every night.
“He arrived with a group of girls hanging all over him. Jaws hit the floor when he walked in. You don’t get many celebrities in Columbia, so when Phelps comes to your party it’s a very big deal.
“He didn’t know many people so you’d think he’d be a little shy. But he was loud, obnoxious and slamming beers from the get-go.
“Every girl wanted a piece of him and every guy wanted to be his best buddy. He couldn’t get enough of all the attention.”
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“How stupid of him, to ruin his reputation. He’s going to be known from now on as the 14-time US Olympic gold medalist swimmer, who was caught smoking weed out of a bong, while visiting his secret girlfriend at the University of South Carolina. He was just stupid for letting someone actually take his picture.”