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01 February 2009 @ 04:02 pm
A little more detail....  
This from Yahoo! news regarding The marijuana pipe picture...quotes from Dara Torres and Jason Lezak. It also confirms that Phelps left Tampa before today, so we will not be seeing him @ the Superbowl tonight.

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Phelps acknowledges photo using pot pipe

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP National Writer
1 hour, 22 minutes ago

Olympic great Michael Phelps acknowledged “regrettable” behavior and “bad judgment” after a photo in a British newspaper Sunday showed him inhaling from a marijuana pipe.

In a statement 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 published Sunday by the tabloid News of the World.

“I engaged in behavior which was regrettable and demonstrated bad judgment,” Phelps said in the statement released by one of his agents. “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.”

News of the World said the picture was taken during a November house party while Phelps was visiting the University of South Carolina. During that trip, he attended one of the school’s football games and received a big ovation when he was introduced to the crowd.

While the newspaper did not specifically allege that Phelps was smoking pot, it did say the pipe is generally used for that purpose and anonymously quoted a partygoer who said the Olympic champion was “out of control from the moment he got there.”

The U.S. Olympic Committee said it was “disappointed in the behavior recently exhibited by Michael Phelps,” who was selected the group’s sportsman of the year. He also was honored as AP male athlete of the year, and his feat in Beijing—breaking Mark Spitz’s 36-year-old record for most gold medals in an Olympics—was chosen as the top story of 2008.

“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,” the USOC said in a statement. “In this instance, regrettably, he failed to fulfill those responsibilities.”

The party occurred nearly three months after the Olympics while Phelps was taking a long break from training, and this apparently would have no impact on the eight golds he won at Beijing. He has never tested positive for banned substances and even agreed to extra testing before the games.

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.”

Phelps returned to the pool a couple of weeks ago to begin preparations for this summer’s world championships in Rome. He plans to take part in his first post-Olympics meet in early March, a Grand Prix event in Austin, Texas.

Phelps was in Tampa, Fla., during Super Bowl week to make promotional appearances on behalf of a sponsor. But he left the city before Sunday’s game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals, abandoning his original plan to be at Raymond James Stadium.

This isn’t the first embarrassing episode for Phelps after an Olympic triumph. In 2004, a few months removed from winning six gold and two bronze medals in Athens, the swimmer was arrested on a drunken driving charge at age 19. He pleaded guilty and apologized for the mistake.

In his book “No Limits: The Will to Succeed,” Phelps recounted how his first phone call was to his agent, and not his mother or coach Bob Bowman, because he knew they would yell at him.

Later, he called Bowman, who was supportive but told him, “Michael, just because you want to blow off some steam doesn’t mean you can be an idiot.”

Debbie Phelps, his mother, cried at the news.

“That hurt worse, maybe, than anything,” Phelps wrote. “I had never seen my mother that upset.”

Bowman did not immediately respond to phone and e-mail messages Sunday.

Last year, News of the World posted video on its Web site showing Max Mosley, the president of motor racing’s governing body, engaging in sex acts with five prostitutes. The video was filmed by one of the women, and Mosley admitted to being a part of the scenario but sued for breach of privacy and was awarded $120,000 in damages. Another news break involved Prince Harry in 2002, smoking marijuana and drinking before the legal age of 18.

Olympic teammate Dara Torres said Phelps has become such a prominent figure that everything he does is news.

However, she said: “This in no way, shape or form diminishes anything he’s done.”

“It’s sort of a double-edged sword,” Torres told the AP on Sunday. “When you’re recognizable, you’re looked up to as a role model. He is recognizable and everything you do gets looked at and picked apart. I guess that’s the price of winning 14 Olympic medals.”

Jason Lezak, whose remarkable anchor leg of the 400-meter freestyle relay helped Phelps stay on course to break Spitz’s record, said he was “saddened” to hear of the report.

“While I don’t condone his conduct, I am a teammate and fan,” Lezak said in a text message to the AP. “Unlike many fair-weather people, I am sticking by him. If my wife and I can help him in any way, we will. I believe he will grow from this and be better person, role model and teammate.”

The USOC noted that Phelps acknowledged his mistake and apologized.

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

AP Sports Writers Beth Harris in Los Angeles and Chris Lehourites in London contributed to this report.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/top/news?slug=ap-phelps-marijuana&prov=ap&type=lgns
 
 
 
amkfsisterruth on February 1st, 2009 10:25 pm (UTC)
The quote from WADA is good news.

I sort of wonder why Torres and Lezak were approached about this, although I love what they said.
radrluv69radrluv69 on February 1st, 2009 11:35 pm (UTC)
I think that they're just trying to get feedback since no one from the Phelps camp is really talking, save for MP's statement. I can see why they would have approached Torres and Lezak, seeing how they're highly respected "elder" swimmers, if you can look at it that way...

Frankly, I'm dying to see if Octagon will apologize for their actions in all of this. I'm guessing not, but I think they at least owe an apology to their most bankable client & his family, even if it's not public.
brittanydum_dum_pops on February 1st, 2009 10:47 pm (UTC)
... is it a bad idea to ask where I can see the picture?
b_poindexterb_poindexter on February 1st, 2009 11:00 pm (UTC)
You can see it everywhere. Unfortunately.
brittanydum_dum_pops on February 1st, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC)
really? I'm on a SK so its not as easy to search everywhere. if you have a specific link, do you mind posting it please? this is the first time I've ever even heard of it.
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brittanydum_dum_pops on February 1st, 2009 11:12 pm (UTC)
nevermind, I found it. its a bit disappointing, I'll admit it. thank you anyway!
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radrluv69radrluv69 on February 2nd, 2009 12:05 am (UTC)
It's everywhere now. Just do a quick search for MP in Google news and just pick a link. This spread faster than the flu.
b_poindexterb_poindexter on February 1st, 2009 10:49 pm (UTC)
Yeah, kudos for both of them. Well, wasn't Lezak captain of male swimming team in Beijing?
Meganmeganrenee323 on February 1st, 2009 10:50 pm (UTC)
He was one of the captains. Such a great guy and great statements from both of them.
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radrluv69radrluv69 on February 2nd, 2009 12:11 am (UTC)
Yep, sure was...
b_poindexterb_poindexter on February 1st, 2009 11:01 pm (UTC)
My friends, I foresee Mike and Bob living together again. :))))
twdivatwdiva on February 1st, 2009 11:09 pm (UTC)
Oh my.
radrluv69radrluv69 on February 2nd, 2009 12:15 am (UTC)
I think Bob will need to clear that with Bunny first...LOL
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Ariel__midnight__sun on February 1st, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC)
I'm very glad to hear about the WADA thing. I was getting a little worried about that. I also love that the swimming community has his back for this. It really is sweet to see that swim family he's referred to so often in action :)
radrluv69radrluv69 on February 2nd, 2009 12:31 am (UTC)
...The family that I think he's "forgotten" about recently...
Ariel__midnight__sun on February 2nd, 2009 12:34 am (UTC)
Like I said last night, I stand by Eve and Candace's diagnosis of Fat Girl Syndrome. It's good that despite what's happened in the past few months, they're still supporting him. That's the definition family :)
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31carolinagirl31carolinagirl on February 1st, 2009 11:16 pm (UTC)
The Washington Post put up an article with a few more details: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/01/AR2009020101022.html?hpid=topnews

Apparently the only ramifications will come from his fan base:

"Phelps learned of the newspaper's intention to publish the photo late last week, according to a source close to Phelps. He is "in discussion" with his sponsors, the source said, and all have "expressed support." The source also noted that Phelps faces no positive test or drug ban for the marijuana use."
b_poindexterb_poindexter on February 1st, 2009 11:27 pm (UTC)
On the other hand, very negative article from TimesOnline:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/olympics/article5634206.ece

Do Brits sort of hate Phelps or what?
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radrluv69radrluv69 on February 2nd, 2009 12:34 am (UTC)
Not just fans, but his mother and Bowman. *That's* going to be the worst.
dublincatdublincat on February 1st, 2009 11:22 pm (UTC)
i think now he needs to speak up and excuse himself insead of a statement to ap
radrluv69radrluv69 on February 2nd, 2009 12:40 am (UTC)
I think he'll be doing a TV interview with either Lauer or Costas before too long. People are emotional right now, so it's not the right time.
meowbunnymeowmeowbunnymeow on February 2nd, 2009 12:28 am (UTC)
Sorry but I think the statement is absolute crap. Too short and not sincere enough. Don't forget he has done it once in 2004, apologized, regrettable and promised not happen again. Although it's a different matter but I am not sure of the general public (that is, if they care to, many responses online seem not mind about it) would forgive again that easily.

Due to Holly's decision, I am not going to talk about the actual paper here. I've posted an entry in my journal and made it public for anyone who wants to know a little more the fuzz about it.

According to the AP article, less than half of it is about the statement and then the rest is about the way they handle last time etc. Someone please show us the original fax from Octagon.
radrluv69radrluv69 on February 2nd, 2009 01:03 am (UTC)
But what other choice does he have right now? People are angry and emotional, demanding answers. Giving a full-fledged interview or press conference right now would be a mistake, because people need a chance to simmer down, and he's got amends to make his his family and his coach right now, which *should* be the most important thing to him instead of the cold verbage of a public statement. If he says *nothing*, then he looks like an even bigger asshole because he let himself get caught on film.

And as far as Octagon goes, we may not know for a very long time what happened in their dealings with the paper. The paper maybe telling the truth in respect to Octagon, or it could be a total farce. I just found it interesting that they were naming someone from Octagon other than Carlisle. That's just weird.
meowbunnymeowmeowbunnymeow on February 2nd, 2009 01:07 am (UTC)
Of course he has got say something, but something more sincere than a copy and paste statement. And I believe he's started amendments to his loved ones days ago, also this (writing statement) should be Octagon/PR's job, with MFP's prove read.
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31carolinagirl31carolinagirl on February 2nd, 2009 01:52 am (UTC)
As a communications professional I agree the statement wasn't crafted very well. I read an interesting industry perspective here: http://mosnarcommunications.blogspot.com/2009/02/sorry-pr-mistake-why-should-we-believe.html

"The advisers who gave Michael Phelps a speech written for 1982 should really be ashamed of how they have and will harm his career in the future."
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