Michael Phelps: Swimming His Troubles Away?

Michael Phelps: Swimming His Troubles Away?-photo

Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps, 23, was spotted heading into a Baltimore swimming complex this afternoon with a companion.

It's the first time he's been spotted in public since BongGate broke out over the weekend.

Phelps was photographed using a water pipe at a party at the University of South Carolina in November, and the picture was published in Britain's News of the World over the weekend.

Phelps issued a public apology, and several celebrities and athletes have come to his defense.

But Phelps—who scored a record eight gold medals at last year's Olympic games in Beijing—may not be out of hot water yet. Although some of his endorsement deals will reportedly continue, Phelps may still face criminal charges.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Richland County Sherrif Leon Lott says that he will charge Phelps with a crime if he determines that he was actually smoking marijuana with the bong.

Phelps was at the college party in Columbia, SC (where the school is located in Richland County) while visiting a girl he was dating at the time who is a student there, Jordan Matthews.

"This case is no different than any other case,” Lott said on 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 punishable in Richland county by 30 days in jail or a $570 fine.

Thirty days in jail is a long way from multiple Sports Illustrated covers.

 

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  • victor
    victor

    quisiera ver mas de este tema

  • pam cambell
    pam cambell

    I CAN'T AGREE MORE, IT TAKES ALOT TO ACOMPLISH WHAT HE DID. AND THIS IS AMERICA DAMIT, AND THIS IS WHAT YOUG PEOPLE DO,, NO NOT ALL BUT A GOOD 80 % MAYBE,,, GO MICHAEL GO !!!!!

  • pam cambell
    pam cambell

    [quote=michael mullis]Michael Phelps, didn't make a mistake, he was acting his age, after years of training, and its the most grueling of all the sports, would you like to get up at 5 am and swim in the surf, then hit the gym, after a few years you graduate to a pool, and work on every stroke the sport requires,and start all this at the age of 10, Well after,showing the world he's the best swimmer on the planet, he took some time off. WOW ! he blew off a little steem (no pun)he acted like a college kid, which he couldn't while training for years, its a shame that endorsements were taken away, he's not a steroid fat cat profesional, ball player making millions, he was in the public eye for the olympics, and and im proud to say Michael is a normal american kid, lay off and be greatful he represented us

  • michael mullis
    michael mullis

    Michael Phelps, didn't make a mistake, he was acting his age, after years of training, and its the most grueling of all the sports, would you like to get up at 5 am and swim in the surf, then hit the gym, after a few years you graduate to a pool, and work on every stroke the sport requires,and start all this at the age of 10, Well after,showing the world he's the best swimmer on the planet, he took some time off. WOW ! he blew off a little steem (no pun)he acted like a college kid, which he couldn't while training for years, its a shame that endorsements were taken away, he's not a steroid fat cat profesional, ball player making millions, he was in the public eye for the olympics, and and im proud to say Michael is a normal american kid, lay off and be greatful he represented us

  • ddavenport
    ddavenport

    His medals will be safe, but I think he'll probably face probation at least.