Phelps Admits to Marijuana Use at College Party
One day after a bong-smoking photo of him surfaced in the British tabloid, News of the World, Olympic swimming phenomenon, Michael Phelps sent an apology to the world and his fans through the following press-release statement:
“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.”
While speculation quickly abounded as to whether or not the photo depicted him at all, his management allegedly offered “incentives” to the British paper so they would not publish the photo and kill the story. Investigations will likely take place as to the validity of this claim by the paper.
How this unfortunate revelation will affect Phelps’ ability to maintain his numerous endorsement deals remains to be seen. His visit to the University of South Carolina in Columbia, where the picture was allegedly taken, was ostensibly to rendezvous with a female student he had secretly been dating. Phelps’ career has always had a hard-partying edge to it, so this is certainly in keeping with what some have come to expect of the swimming sensation.
Who leaked the photo to the press is still not known.