British Paper Busts Partying Michael Phelps, He Issues Apology

British Paper Busts Partying Michael Phelps, He Issues Apology-photo

U.K. tabloid News of the World has published a photo of what is claimed to be American Olympian Michael Phelps holding a bong to his mouth.

Phelps, 23, saw his fame shoot into the statosphere after winning a record eight gold medals last summer at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

Altogether, the Baltimore-born  swimmer has 14 gold and two bronze medals.

But the British paper has published a damning report which notes that Phelps arrived at Columbia, South Carolina's University of South Carolina to visit Jordan Matthews, a student he was seeing in early November, and proceeded to drink hard and get stoned during his wild stay.

"Michael came to visit Jordan but ended up just getting wasted every night," says a News of the World source.

"He didn’t know many people so you’d think he’d be a little shy. But he was loud, obnoxious and slamming beers from the get-go."

The photo that is alleged to be Phelps smoking pot was said to be taken at a house party in the South Carolina college town.

"You could tell Michael had smoked before. He grabbed the bong and a lighter and knew exactly what to do," the NOTW party-going snitch added.

"He looked just as natural with a bong in his hands as he does swimming in the pool. He was the gold medal winner of bong hits. Michael ended up getting a little paranoid, though, because before too long he looked like he was nervous and ran out of the place."

In December, Phelps was chosen as Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year. As well, he's earned millions in product endorsement deals since his summer 2008 wins.

The News of the World goes on to claim that the handlers in Michael Phelps' camp—such as spokesman Clifford Bloxham—offered the publication "an extraordinary deal not to publish our story, saying Phelps would become our columnist for three years, host events and get his sponsors to advertise with us."

Clearly, that was an offer the News could refuse.


UPDATE: The New York Times today published an apologetic statement from Phelps, issued by the athlete's marketing agency, Octagon:

"I engaged in behavior which was regrettable and demonstrated bad judgment," said Phelps.

"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 carefully worded statement, however, made no acknowledgement of the pipe pictured in the News of the World's photo.

 

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  • alyssacullen1314
    alyssacullen1314

    well, nothing i can say for now. if he's really Michael, then i would say, you are one lousy role model and gold medalist. if he aren't Michael, then i would say, LEAVE HIM ALONE!-to others.

  • freja
    freja

    GIRL YOU STUPID! DIDNT WE ALMOST HAVE IT ALL? YES WE DID, BUT WE RUINED IT, RUINED IT I TELL YOU. YOU UGLY, YOU SUPER UGLY, YOU MAKE ME SICKY, YOU LOOK LIKE A STICKY, A GIANT STICK THAT PRODS DOODIE. YOU UGLEH UGLEH UGLEH UGLEH!!!!!!!!! GIRL YOU NEED TO GET YOURSELF A NEW WEAVE, YOU NEED TO MAINTAIN YOUR WEAVE GIRLFRIEND.

  • freja
    freja

    GIRL YOU STUPID! DIDNT WE ALMOST HAVE IT ALL? YES WE DID, BUT WE RUINED IT, RUINED IT I TELL YOU. YOU UGLY, YOU SUPER UGLY, YOU MAKE ME SICKY, YOU LOOK LIKE A STICKY, A GIANT STICK THAT PRODS DOODIE. YOU UGLEH UGLEH UGLEH UGLEH!!!!!!!!! GIRL YOU NEED TO GET YOURSELF A NEW WEAVE, YOU NEED TO MAINTAIN YOUR WEAVE GIRLFRIEND.

  • itsmemarke
    itsmemarke

    shouldnt he be taking that smoke in through the gills?

  • crazycanuck
    crazycanuck

    Yup. He should go and join the Hollywood brat pack and party it up, smoke it up and be on TMZ every night. Just make sure he makes practice and wins his heats. After all, that's what it's all about.

  • No
    No

    People are idiots for thinking he should be a role model. I will give him the props he deserves for his hard work and athletic prowess. That's incredible, good for him. But have you seen this guy give interviews? Painful. He gives off the impression of a c*cky jerk. I'm not saying there's anything inherently wrong with that, people are entitled to act as they please, but he's not putting himself out there as a role model of upstanding moral character and social ethics, we shouldn't react to him as though he is. When he starts missing practices and cutting back on his disciplined approach to athletics, then he can be faulted for contradicting what he's promoted himself as. Through a book no less. Until then, I really thought I wouldn't have to see his face for another 4 years...

  • mycateddie
    mycateddie

    mcr86 said: First of all, I don't look at this picture as proof of anything. It totally doesn't even look like him. Secondly, everyone needs to get off their high horse (no pun intended) and realize that there are way more people in this world who smoke pot than who don't. It's not a terrible thing and it doesn't ruin lives. If you think pot ruins lives, you're a moron. If there were (clear) pictures of him doing lines of cocaine or shooting up heroin, it'd be a different story. And if this is him, good for him! He's living proof that pot doesn't necessarily make you lazy, stupid or fat. He works hard and practices CONSTANTLY! I think you'd be hard pressed to find very many people in this country who work as hard as he does, even the ones who don't engage in marijuana use.Well said!! Agreed!! People are idiots for even thinking this should be news.

  • crazycanuck
    crazycanuck

    crazycanuck said:mcr86 said:First of all, I don't look at this picture as proof of anything. It totally doesn't even look like him. Secondly, everyone needs to get off their high horse (no pun intended) and realize that there are way more people in this world who smoke pot than who don't. It's not a terrible thing and it doesn't ruin lives. If you think pot ruins lives, you're a moron. If there were (clear) pictures of him doing lines of cocaine or shooting up heroin, it'd be a different story. And if this is him, good for him! He's living proof that pot doesn't necessarily make you lazy, stupid or fat. He works hard and practices CONSTANTLY! I think you'd be hard pressed to find very many people in this country who work as hard as he does, even the ones who don't engage in marijuana use.Hahaha...So predictable that an athlete like Phelps gets a "pass" by you. I wonder if it was Usain Bolt or LeBron James that got caught if you'd be giving them the same "pass".It's funny that you say that the picture isn't proof of anything. Ummmm, he's already publicly admitted that's him! Yet, you still don't beleive it. Wow! I hope you're a cop and you're the one who stops me when I'm stealing something. I'll have the goods in my arms but thankfully you'll look at me, smile and say, "Have a great day sir!"The fact of the matter is that the golden boy is a total idiot and hopefully will suffer the same consequences of anyone else who got caught doing the same thing. Actually, he should get nailed harder since he's this over-hyped "role model" to kids.What a dope.Stealing something is a crime. Smoking marijuana is not. Please go back to 1937. Actually- in America smoking marijuana is a crime... possession of 1 gram is legal in parts, but you legally cannot do anything with it. And if it were a black man I would be even less surprised and i would care just as little as i do now (blacks statistically do more drugs than whites currently though whites are catching up). Quit acting like you are suppressed- you are given the same opportunities as everyone else and the same judgment as everyone else. Pulling the race card is the only reason people are going to hate you. Blacks do more drugs than whites statistically, huh? Who came up with those stats again? I'm not acting like I'm supressed. Especially since I'm white. Don't blame yah for making a generalization though - not surprsing. I guess we'll just wait and see how it's all played out. My money's on Phelp's geeting a slap on the wrist. I just heard that Barry Bonds won't be bothered anymore. Statiscally, Whites do more steriods then blacks....but blacks are catching up.

  • Reed
    Reed

    quote=thepatient]crazycanuck said: mcr86 said: First of all, I don't look at this picture as proof of anything. It totally doesn't even look like him. Secondly, everyone needs to get off their high horse (no pun intended) and realize that there are way more people in this world who smoke pot than who don't. It's not a terrible thing and it doesn't ruin lives. If you think pot ruins lives, you're a moron. If there were (clear) pictures of him doing lines of cocaine or shooting up heroin, it'd be a different story. And if this is him, good for him! He's living proof that pot doesn't necessarily make you lazy, stupid or fat. He works hard and practices CONSTANTLY! I think you'd be hard pressed to find very many people in this country who work as hard as he does, even the ones who don't engage in marijuana use.Hahaha...So predictable that an athlete like Phelps gets a "pass" by you. I wonder if it was Usain Bolt or LeBron James that got caught if you'd be giving them the same "pass".It's funny that you say that the picture isn't proof of anything. Ummmm, he's already publicly admitted that's him! Yet, you still don't beleive it. Wow! I hope you're a cop and you're the one who stops me when I'm stealing something. I'll have the goods in my arms but thankfully you'll look at me, smile and say, "Have a great day sir!"The fact of the matter is that the golden boy is a total idiot and hopefully will suffer the same consequences of anyone else who got caught doing the same thing. Actually, he should get nailed harder since he's this over-hyped "role model" to kids.What a dope. Stealing something is a crime. Smoking marijuana is not. Please go back to 1937. Actually- in America smoking marijuana is a crime... possession of 1 gram is legal in parts, but you legally cannot do anything with it. And if it were a black man I would be even less surprised and i would care just as little as i do now (blacks statistically do more drugs than whites currently though whites are catching up). Quit acting like you are suppressed- you are given the same opportunities as everyone else and the same judgment as everyone else. Pulling the race card is the only reason people are going to hate you.

  • thepatient
    thepatient

    mcr86 said: First of all, I don't look at this picture as proof of anything. It totally doesn't even look like him. Secondly, everyone needs to get off their high horse (no pun intended) and realize that there are way more people in this world who smoke pot than who don't. It's not a terrible thing and it doesn't ruin lives. If you think pot ruins lives, you're a moron. If there were (clear) pictures of him doing lines of cocaine or shooting up heroin, it'd be a different story. And if this is him, good for him! He's living proof that pot doesn't necessarily make you lazy, stupid or fat. He works hard and practices CONSTANTLY! I think you'd be hard pressed to find very many people in this country who work as hard as he does, even the ones who don't engage in marijuana use.Hahaha...So predictable that an athlete like Phelps gets a "pass" by you. I wonder if it was Usain Bolt or LeBron James that got caught if you'd be giving them the same "pass".It's funny that you say that the picture isn't proof of anything. Ummmm, he's already publicly admitted that's him! Yet, you still don't beleive it. Wow! I hope you're a cop and you're the one who stops me when I'm stealing something. I'll have the goods in my arms but thankfully you'll look at me, smile and say, "Have a great day sir!"The fact of the matter is that the golden boy is a total idiot and hopefully will suffer the same consequences of anyone else who got caught doing the same thing. Actually, he should get nailed harder since he's this over-hyped "role model" to kids.What a dope. Stealing something is a crime. Smoking marijuana is not. Please go back to 1937.

  • thepatient
    thepatient

    mcr86 said: First of all, I don't look at this picture as proof of anything. It totally doesn't even look like him. Secondly, everyone needs to get off their high horse (no pun intended) and realize that there are way more people in this world who smoke pot than who don't. It's not a terrible thing and it doesn't ruin lives. If you think pot ruins lives, you're a moron. If there were (clear) pictures of him doing lines of cocaine or shooting up heroin, it'd be a different story. And if this is him, good for him! He's living proof that pot doesn't necessarily make you lazy, stupid or fat. He works hard and practices CONSTANTLY! I think you'd be hard pressed to find very many people in this country who work as hard as he does, even the ones who don't engage in marijuana use.Hahaha...So predictable that an athlete like Phelps gets a "pass" by you. I wonder if it was Usain Bolt or LeBron James that got caught if you'd be giving them the same "pass".It's funny that you say that the picture isn't proof of anything. Ummmm, he's already publicly admitted that's him! Yet, you still don't beleive it. Wow! I hope you're a cop and you're the one who stops me when I'm stealing something. I'll have the goods in my arms but thankfully you'll look at me, smile and say, "Have a great day sir!"The fact of the matter is that the golden boy is a total idiot and hopefully will suffer the same consequences of anyone else who got caught doing the same thing. Actually, he should get nailed harder since he's this over-hyped "role model" to kids.What a dope.

  • crazycanuck
    crazycanuck

    First of all, I don't look at this picture as proof of anything. It totally doesn't even look like him. Secondly, everyone needs to get off their high horse (no pun intended) and realize that there are way more people in this world who smoke pot than who don't. It's not a terrible thing and it doesn't ruin lives. If you think pot ruins lives, you're a moron. If there were (clear) pictures of him doing lines of cocaine or shooting up heroin, it'd be a different story. And if this is him, good for him! He's living proof that pot doesn't necessarily make you lazy, stupid or fat. He works hard and practices CONSTANTLY! I think you'd be hard pressed to find very many people in this country who work as hard as he does, even the ones who don't engage in marijuana use. Hahaha...So predictable that an athlete like Phelps gets a "pass" by you. I wonder if it was Usain Bolt or LeBron James that got caught if you'd be giving them the same "pass". It's funny that you say that the picture isn't proof of anything. Ummmm, he's already publicly admitted that's him! Yet, you still don't beleive it. Wow! I hope you're a cop and you're the one who stops me when I'm stealing something. I'll have the goods in my arms but thankfully you'll look at me, smile and say, "Have a great day sir!" The fact of the matter is that the golden boy is a total idiot and hopefully will suffer the same consequences of anyone else who got caught doing the same thing. Actually, he should get nailed harder since he's this over-hyped "role model" to kids. What a dope.

  • sbaran
    sbaran

    First of all, I don't look at this picture as proof of anything. It totally doesn't even look like him. Secondly, everyone needs to get off their high horse (no pun intended) and realize that there are way more people in this world who smoke pot than who don't. It's not a terrible thing and it doesn't ruin lives. If you think pot ruins lives, you're a moron. If there were (clear) pictures of him doing lines of cocaine or shooting up heroin, it'd be a different story. And if this is him, good for him! He's living proof that pot doesn't necessarily make you lazy, stupid or fat. He works hard and practices CONSTANTLY! I think you'd be hard pressed to find very many people in this country who work as hard as he does, even the ones who don't engage in marijuana use. Well said!!

  • sbaran
    sbaran

    Give the guy a break, he's a gold medalist!

  • mcr86
    mcr86

    First of all, I don't look at this picture as proof of anything. It totally doesn't even look like him. Secondly, everyone needs to get off their high horse (no pun intended) and realize that there are way more people in this world who smoke pot than who don't. It's not a terrible thing and it doesn't ruin lives. If you think pot ruins lives, you're a moron. If there were (clear) pictures of him doing lines of cocaine or shooting up heroin, it'd be a different story. And if this is him, good for him! He's living proof that pot doesn't necessarily make you lazy, stupid or fat. He works hard and practices CONSTANTLY! I think you'd be hard pressed to find very many people in this country who work as hard as he does, even the ones who don't engage in marijuana use.

  • buzzgent
    buzzgent

    I can whoop Phelps' ass at beer pong!