Does Olympic Champion Michael Phelps Have a Drug Problem?


Michael Phelps has been called half-man, half-dolphin. He won a record-breaking 8 gold medals at the Beijing Olympics and was honored as the Associated Press male athlete of the year in 2008. All of his accolades have contributed to the fact that Michael Phelps has been America’s poster boy for sportsmanship and athleticism since his return from the Olympics. That is, until now.

Phelps is now swimming laps in a pool of hot water after a British newspaper published photos of him smoking marijuana from a bong this past Sunday. Although it is unlikely that the incriminating photos will affect his swimming career, the photos could affect the millions of dollars Phelps had secured in endorsement deals. Mazda, Kellogg’s  and Subway are just some of the brands which are currently endorsing Michael Phelps.

Sources say the photos were taken while Michael Phelps attended a party at the University of South Carolina in November of 2008. While at the university, Phelps attended a USC football game where he received a standing ovation by the crowd.

“I engaged in behavior which was regrettable and demonstrated bad judgment,” Said Phelps in reaction to the photos. “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.”    

The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) released a statement saying they were “disappointed in the behavior recently exhibited by Michael Phelps”. The USOC has also been in touch with sponsors, communicating that they are disappointed but looking forward to better conduct from Phelps in the future. 

Speedo, which has given Phelps $1 million to date stated, “”In light of Michael Phelps’ statement yesterday, Speedo would like to make it clear it does not condone such behavior, and we know that Michael truly regrets his actions. Michael Phelps is a valued member of the Speedo team and a great champion.  We will do all that we can to support him and his family.”



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  1. coffee Said:

    You a pothead, Focker? (Meet the Parents)

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