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01 February 2009 @ 12:29 pm
Phelps issues apology....  
I'm going to post the AP report here, but I will still not permit the News of the World article due to the amount of hearsay included in the body of thge report. Seeeing how Phelps has just issued a statement adknowledging he was smoking marijuana @ USC on Nov 6th, this consists of legitimate news and I'd be doing a disservice to the community in not allowing it be reported.

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Phelps acknowledges photo showing him smoking pot

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP National Writer
40 minutes ago

TAMPA, Fla. (AP)—Olympic great Michael Phelps has acknowledged “regrettable” behavior and “bad judgment” after a photo in a British newspaper showed him smoking marijuana.

In a statement released to The Associated Press, the swimmer who won a record eight gold medals at the Beijing Games conceded the authenticity of the exclusive picture published Sunday by the tabloid News of the World.

Phelps said: “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.”

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/top/news;_ylt=AjrfEqfnh_yrEScrOsihUwA5nYcB?slug=ap-phelps-marijuana&prov=ap&type=lgns

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I'll keep this open for comments. People are hurt, angry, disappointed and sad over what's happened, and need to work through their frustrations.
 
 
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radrluv69radrluv69 on February 1st, 2009 10:10 pm (UTC)
IA. I've had a bad taste in my mouth over the past couple of months in regards to the company he's been keeping.
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radrluv69radrluv69 on February 1st, 2009 10:13 pm (UTC)
I think a lot of people feel the same way you do, including myself. This isn't going to change my fanlove for him, but honestly, I could just kill him for acting so stupidly. Tough fanlove, I guess.
Robin: Phelps eyesentropygoddess on February 1st, 2009 06:51 pm (UTC)
I am saddened by one aspect - what he did harmed nobody directly but himself (I'm not going to get into a huge debate about drug production and its costs throughout society, but IMO in general if any currently illegal drug could stand a review of its legal status, it's cannabis - and this from someone who has never tried it herself), but somebody with nothing else to bring himself/herself attention saw an opportunity to turn MP into money and did it.

Turning people into money for yourself is sick. This wasn't a public service - whoever it was didn't (as far as we know) call the police to report illegal drug use. They sold him for money and attention, and to fulfill some dark bit of human nature that makes us want to put people on pedestals and then overturn them with a resounding crash.

All I wonder is will he be able to swim in Indy and then Rome.
radrluv69radrluv69 on February 1st, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC)
According to the latest AP report I just posted, he's *still* hoping to swim in Austin, even though they couldn't get any comment from Bowman about what happened.

Scary thought...he swims at Austin...will it be the first time Phelps get booed?
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Elle B. See: Southern not stupidelbiesee on February 1st, 2009 06:51 pm (UTC)
I want to kick him in the pants for this. Out of love and concern. Just like I wanted to when he got his DUI.

If he learns from this and just gets back into his training and does better things and doesn't do it again, I'll be okay with this. If he does this (or similar) again, I'll have to max out my credit card to send The Brute Squad to his house so we can straighten him out personally. (Kidding. Kinda. Trying to add levity...)

Having had people in my life that did/still do smoke pot, I can't condemn him. Not a good choice (especially for him, what with being an athlete and needing lung capacity), but if I shunned him for it, I'd also have to disown my late sister (who took it for pain relief due to her condition) and leave my fiance (who quit smoking just before he met me).

Yeah, disappointed in his behavior and in a way him, but I'm a firm believer in reacting/owning up/recovering after bad things being more a character trait. His owning up to it speaks volumes.

He needs to get back into the pool. NOW.
radrluv69radrluv69 on February 1st, 2009 10:21 pm (UTC)
I wanted to choke him. Then hug him. Then choke him again.

I'm glad that he finally made a statement, but you know that this isn't going to be the end of it. I don't know, I feel like I need to *see* him talk about this. I forsee a talk with Lauer or Costas in the coming week.
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dublincatdublincat on February 1st, 2009 06:59 pm (UTC)
i think that the period after the olympics are bad for mike , i also think that some people in his entourage have a bad influance on him, it is ok to party but you have to know that with the new tecnologie , everyone can catch you on camera and put in in the news, personally i still respect him , i just hope that people will still support mike. in france , laure manaudou had to deal with nude photos of her leaked by a ex boyfriend , she is still popular despite a bad olympic so i hope mike will get the same support.
Dεαnnα Mαriεsassycat on February 1st, 2009 09:39 pm (UTC)
Racy photos aren't illegal though. I just don't think that fact can be overlooked.

That said...if MFP had nude photos around I'm pretty sure his fan base would actually grow by a few hundred thousand
;)
tooh1999tooh1999 on February 1st, 2009 07:04 pm (UTC)
If it had been with his old circle of friends, at a party that was in his hometown, I don't know if I'd feel as disappointed as I do now. I'm not sure that any pics or news of this kind of activity would have even been made public if he was just hanging out with his old crowd.

The fact that it was at a party, surrounded by strangers, that really don't care about him obviously by selling him out, is what really really concerns me. Its an indication that he is or was on a dangerous path. People like the one taking this pic, could lead to much dangerous situations. Real harm could come to MP if he continues to surround himself with scum like this.
flashingpirate on February 1st, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC)
I'm honestly not that surprised about it. And it doesn't bother me. It could have been a lot worse I think.

I think he was just really stupid and careless. He needs to learn to think certain things through. He probably thinks he's pretty invinsible, and he's not.
Dεαnnα Mαriεsassycat on February 1st, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC)
TRUFAX!!!!!

I agree with pretty much everything you just said...almost. I mean, the fact that he smokes pot bothers me a little bit simply because he's got such small kids looking up to him (not to mention that I had a lot of family drama dealing with drugs).

But stupid and careless...YES. I totally think he thinks he's 100% invincible...and he ain't. He's actually anything but invincible with all the eyes on him.

What...a...moron.
3pronged_spear on February 1st, 2009 08:21 pm (UTC)
try again, bb, try again.
you won't domesticate the fierce media machine with "sorry-i-am-still-a-kid" or "i-promise-i'll-stop-and-do-as-you-please-dear-crowd-for-i-am-your-humble-servant" peanuts anymore.

why not cutting the crap and brand your own truth for a change?
you generously offered your foolishness and your grace to the public, now show your best 60-minute yawn and beautifully manucured middle finger to the system!
b_poindexterb_poindexter on February 1st, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC)
I just hope they won't ban him for two years. If they do that, I have a bad feeling he'll quit swimming.
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b_poindexterb_poindexter on February 1st, 2009 08:28 pm (UTC)
In response the the widely circulated tabloid photo of Michael Phelps inhaling from what appears to be a marijuana pipe, the USOC and USA Swimming each released a statement:

USOC's Statement:

"We are disappointed in the behavior recently exhibited by Michael Phelps.

Michael is a role model, and he is well aware of the responsibilities and accountability that come with setting a positive example for others, particularly young people. In this instance, regrettably, he failed to fulfill those responsibilities.

Michael has acknowledged that he made a mistake and apologized for his actions.

We are confident that, going forward, Michael will consistently set the type of example we all expect from a great Olympic champion."


USA Swimming's Statement:

"We are certainly disappointed in Michael's behavior. Our Olympic champions are role models who are looked up to by people of all ages, especially young athletes who have their own aspirations and dreams.

That said, we realize that none among us is perfect. We hope that Michael can learn from this incident and move forward in a positive way."

tooh1999tooh1999 on February 1st, 2009 08:29 pm (UTC)
Not as bad as I thought those statements would be.
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+ crystal +grungepuppie on February 1st, 2009 09:44 pm (UTC)
*sigh*
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amkfsisterruth on February 1st, 2009 09:47 pm (UTC)

This is encouraging:

Marijuana is viewed differently from performance-enhancing drugs, according to David Howman, executive director of the World Anti-Doping Agency. An athlete is subject to WADA sanctions only for a positive test that occurs during competition periods.

“We don’t have any jurisdiction,” Howman said. “It’s not banned out of competition. It’s only if you test positive in competition.”

dublincatdublincat on February 1st, 2009 09:49 pm (UTC)
good
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twdivatwdiva on February 1st, 2009 10:26 pm (UTC)
Reading reactions of other people online...
A part of me is wondering right now whether we Phelps fans are really the only ones (outside the media, who'll eat up anything remotely controversial, and perhaps his sponsors) getting into a tizzy over this. Because I've read comments on swimming forums, on the Swimming World Magazine site, and even comments on an L.A. Times blog article and the consensus from them so far seems to be a big "So what"?
Meganmeganrenee323 on February 1st, 2009 10:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Reading reactions of other people online...
I'm honestly surprised by that. I believe this is a huge deal...we've all talked it out. IT'S ILLEGAL. I'm sorry if I'm over reacting, but that's a big deal.
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b_poindexterb_poindexter on February 1st, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Reading reactions of other people online...
I was hoping for that, I've also seen most of people who comment are pretty cool with it, if I can say so.
3pronged_spear on February 1st, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Reading reactions of other people online...
thanks for writing this. you're bringing some fresh air. i think i need some detachment. lolz
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dublincatdublincat on February 1st, 2009 10:56 pm (UTC)
like i said in another board, mike needs to weed out his entourage , cut the parties with rappers , the trips to las vegas,