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01 April 2010 @ 04:30 pm
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02 February 2009 @ 10:46 pm


Michael Phelps could face charges for pot picture

By Adam Beam

McClatchy Newspapers

Monday, February 02, 2009

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott says he will charge Michael Phelps with a crime if he determines the Olympics hero smoked marijuana in Richland County.

Phelps, who set a record with eight gold medals in the 2008 Summer Olympics, was photographed smoking a marijuana pipe at a November party in Columbia.


The picture was published in the British newspaper News of the World. Phelps apologized Sunday, calling his behavior “inappropriate.”

“This case is no different than any other case,” Lott said Monday. “This one might be a lot easier since we have photographs of someone using drugs and a partial confession. It’s a relatively easy case once we can determine where the crime occurred.”

Possession of marijuana is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in jail or a $570 fine, plus court costs.

But Lott seems to be the only person talking about making a case against Phelps. Both the University of South Carolina and Columbia Police Departments said they would not pursue charges.

It was unclear Monday where the party took place, including whether it was on campus.

Meanwhile, on Monday, Phelps’ sponsors — from apparel company Speedo to luxury Swiss watchmaker Omega — issued statements calling the incident a “nonissue.” The International Olympic Committee accepted his apology.

“We have no reason to doubt his sincerity and his commitment to continue to act as a role model,” the IOC said in a statement.

At the University of South Carolina, where Phelps was visiting when the picture was taken, the mood was largely “who cares?”

“It’s not a surprise,” said India Jones, a sophomore biology major. “He’s young, and he is human. They’ll probably let him off easy because he owned up to it.”

This isn’t the first time Phelps has been in trouble following a gold medal performance. In 2004, fresh off his wins in the Athens Olympics, he pleaded guilty to drunk driving in Maryland.

Forgiveness of Phelps could be attributed to how he handled both situations — admitting up front he did it and apologizing, said Matt Brown, associate professor for sport and entertainment management at the University of South Carolina.

“America is a forgiving society, and he came out and apologized immediately,” Brown said. “I think as long as we don’t see more pictures coming out and more things coming out that he’s been doing this consistently, he’ll be OK.”

It also helps that many see Phelps as a nice guy. When he was in Columbia, he took time to speak to a class on sports’ role in society.

“It was amazing how gracious and how humble and just how helpful he tried to be,” said Sid Kenyon, a South Carolina adjunct professor who taught the class. “I can’t tell you how impressed I was with his mannerism and just how willing he was to help and do anything that we asked him.”

The Phelps story broke not in a sports magazine, but in a celebrity newspaper. Sports and entertainment journalism have been merging for years, Brown said, never more so than in the Olympics, which attracts a wider audience — including the kind of people who watch celebrity news on “Entertainment Tonight.”

“It becomes much more of an entertainment event than a sports event,” he said.


Staff writers Otis Taylor and Johnny Dickerson contributed to this report.

Source: http://www.ajc.com/sports/content/sports/stories/2009/02/02/michael_phelps_pot.html

Can they *do* that? Press charges based on a picture? Oh my GOD. Someone tell me not to panic.

02 February 2009 @ 06:53 pm
This came though my Google alerts....I appreciate Kutcher's candidness.

Ashton Kutcher stands up for Michael Phelps

‘He’s a good kid,’ the actor posted to his Twitter account

Access Hollywood
updated 2:57 p.m. CT, Mon., Feb. 2, 2009

Ashton Kutcher’s Twittering and video posting about a noisy neighbor landed him in hot water last week, but it hasn’t stopped the actor from staying busy on the mirco-blogging Web site.

Kutcher was inspired to blog about Olympic great Michael Phelps’ acknowledgment of a photo in a British newspaper, which showed the swimmer smoking marijuana.

“I wish the media would kill this Phelps story. God forbid he hit a bong. Go ask your 20 year old kid what they did last weekend,” Kutcher wrote Monday morning.

“I’m not saying it was a smart move. But he doesn’t need to be publicly outed for it. Who ever put the pic out is an a--!” the actor continued. “He’s a good kid. BTW he could be a real douche but he’s not. Maybe the media can quit dragging his d--- in the dirt.”

Kutcher said he does not smoke marijuana, but understands how the Olympic star could have made the mistake.

“I don’t smoke and haven’t in quite some time,” Kutcher continued. “But I’m not immune to a lapse in good judgement (sic) from time to time.”

Fans should expect more of Kutcher’s rants and musings to continue on Twitter as his wife, Demi Moore, who is also fond of the mirco-blogging Web site, told Access Hollywood on Sunday.

“We’re big fans of Twitter,” she said. “We’re addicted.”

Source: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28981754/
02 February 2009 @ 01:48 pm
 from the LA Times:

IOC: "Michael Phelps is a great Olympic champion.  He apologized for his inappropriate behavior.  We have no reason to doubt his sincerity and his commitment to continue to act as a role model.''

USA Swimming:  "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 Michael can learn from this incident and move forward in a positive way.''

Speedo (which gave Phelps a $1-million bonus for his 8 gold medals):  "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.''

Omega:  the Associated Press reported the watch company was "strongly committed''  to its relationship with Phelps. "The current story in the press involves Michael Phelps' private life and is, as far as Omega is concerned, a non-issue.''

   -- Philip Hersh

So some of his oldest endorsement deals re still supporting him. Maybe the newer ones are waiting to take a cue from them


02 February 2009 @ 09:14 am

Thank God, It's Finally Time To Tear Down Michael Phelps!

Throughout the Olympics, we tried to get Michael Phelps.

We wanted to believe he took performance enhancing drugs, only we had no proof. We were stunned to find out he was clean.

So we begrudgingly called him a hero and went back to our everyday lives.

But now we got him. Not taking performance enhancing drugs, exactly, but drugs nonetheless.

We caught Michael Phelps smoking…a bong!

Yeah!  Get him!  Tear him down! Take his medals!

We’re Americans, damn it. And the one thing we do better than spending money we don’t have is tearing down our heroes.

I’d like to speak directly to anyone who thinks this is a big deal. To anyone who has written, or will write an article declaring Michael Phelps the devil, a scumbag, or worse…the Barry Bonds of swimming.

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You people, please, get a life.

Michael Phelps busted his ass training for the Olympics. He won more medals than anyone else. He did it in an impressive and, more importantly, clean manner.

A little pot, a drug that many people feel should be legalized anyway, shouldn’t take any of that away. Hell, if he were smoking pot during the Olympics, wouldn’t it make what he accomplished even more impressive?

A pot-head showing up on time for all those races would have been a miracle. Although, it would have explained the diet.

Anyway, point is, get a life America.

We have many, many people here worth tearing down. Our former president. The lousy CEOs who gave themselves millions while laying off thousands. The scumbags who decided to allow sub-prime mortgages and caused this insane housing crisis. The loser next door who signed for a mortgage he knew he couldn’t afford.

Plenty of people are worthy of feeling our wrath. Michael Phelps, medals, bongs, and all, is not one of those people.

Source: bleacherreport.com/articles/118455-thank-god-its-finally-time-to-tear-down-michael-phelps

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02 February 2009 @ 12:43 pm
There are a couple of articles on the paper, this one is by Kevin Van Valkenburg and Nicole Fuller, with Buzzkill's statement (Debbie's yet to response) and some sport consultants' opinion.

Phelps: Behavior 'inappropriate'

Photo of swimmer apparently smoking marijuana unlikely to damage career, marketing appeal

Not sure how much Kevin contribute this...Collapse )

Also, here is a statement from IOC emailed to AP on Monday morning.

Another column by David Steele.

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01 February 2009 @ 08:28 pm
FYI in case you haven't already checked it out, MP's statement of apology was added to his Facebook fan page, and comments have been added again. The statement was also added to his swimroom.com blog.


01 February 2009 @ 07:34 pm
...I've been watching Superbowl coverage all day, starting recording coverage about ten minutes before the game started...I have yet to see MP's Subway commercial air, and it's about ten minutes left in the third quarter.

I'm starting to wonder if Subway pulled the plug. I hope I'm wrong.
01 February 2009 @ 04:02 pm
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.


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
01 February 2009 @ 12:29 pm
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.


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


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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