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Photos of Michael Phelps in Baltimore, He's Suspended from Olympic Team, Dropped by Kellogs

Michael Begins to Feel the Sobering Fallout of His Mistake

Michael Phelps managed to smile on his way into the pool in Baltimore for another training session yesterday. When reporters asked him about the infamous bong picture, he said he used "bad judgment" and denied taking drugs. You guys didn't think he should lose endorsement deals because of his actions but Kellogg announced yesterday that it is conveniently ending its contract with the swimmer, which expires this month. Additionally his USA team suspended him for three months, although they admitted no rules were violated. Michael's already expressed reluctance in competing in the 2012 Olympics, but his fans are still supporting him — he's been nominated for the Kids' Choice Awards and has Christian Bale on his side, which will hopefully cheer him up a little bit.


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reesiecup reesiecup 8 years
I don't condone it nor condemn him for it. The use of pot is too often propagated by movies, songs, etc. Needless to say, it's fairly common among college students. It's difficult being in the spotlight but when you're endorsed by a company, you represent them as well. That's always something to keep in mind, especially if there is any chance you'll get caught doing something illegal. I would get kicked out of my college if I engaged in anything they considered "unethical behavior." You sign a contract and you have to deal with the consequences if it's breached. I doubt his pocketbooks are hurting and it sounds like his fans are looking past this issue.
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 8 years
so joecer, according to what I have read, I assume you would also agree that we should give Obama the boot as well considering that he too admitted to smoking pot and inhaling. I am guessing you wouldn't want someone like that running the country, let alone influencing your children, right?
beeshop beeshop 8 years
I understand he acts like he's trying out fun for the first time in his life but he's an adult knowing right and wrong. Its hard to feel sorry for him especially he already had a DUI record.
Sophie827 Sophie827 8 years
Calm down Joecer49123 - nobody gets sent to jail for smoking a bowl (that's ridiculous) they'd probably just get a small fine. If you showed the police of a picture of you and a bong I'd say they'd laugh at you rather than raid your house. It's just pot, it's not like he's smoking meth which is something I'd definitely be worried about. What's legal and what's moral can be two completely different things. Most laws are there to protect us/each other and should be adhered to but smoking pot doesn't seem to hurt anyone. It seems safer than cigarettes and alcohol.
lilvix lilvix 8 years
He's not doing anything that most kids his age do, he just made the poor decision of partying with some people who disrespected his privacy. After such strenuous and regimented training for so long, it's only natural that he would want to enjoy himself some. It's part of being young. He can still be looked up to for his achievements. Our new president has admitted to smoking pot in the past. As did Clinton. And Bush had substance abuse problems although he declines to admit what drugs he did.
eastcoastgirl eastcoastgirl 8 years
Maybe we all should also be asking who invaded his privacy and then sold the picture...none of it is right but we all make mistakes and that is how we learn.
Silvers567 Silvers567 8 years
Ha, maybe it's our fault too that we let celebrities and athletes "sell" products to children, no? I wouldn't let them be the easy prey of marketers waiting to make a buck selling their crappy products full of MSG, high fructose corn syrups and refined flours, whether they put Jesus, Don King, Batman or my uncle Ned on the box! There was a very good op/ed in MSNBC today. http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/29056535/
kythera kythera 8 years
Btw, it's medically legal in 12 states, and most states have relaxed the rules. The stigma that marijuana is bad has stemmed from the worst politicians from our history. If you google "Why is marijuana illegal?" you will see what I mean.
kythera kythera 8 years
Wow, a bunch of you are well under-informed. You too Pop. I'm not condoning a US Olymics athlete, but I do think that pot is one of the most NON harmful so called "drugs". I think some of you need to go check out NORML.org and get some education in marijuana.
karlotta karlotta 8 years
I'm just impressed he can swim like that while taking bong hits (I'm assuming from the pro stance that it wasn't his first time - LOL). Seriously, my lungs would be so shot, I'd have to take 8 breaks during the 100m. Good for him. Who gives a rat's ass if he smokes pot, at least he's not doping?
joecer49123 joecer49123 8 years
'Phelps has not even confessed to possessing marijuana'... so he's apologizing for what? looking bad? he confessed that it was true. I couldn't care less about who uses pot. But to use him to sell products to kids is not wise. That's why Kellogg canceled. The other crap isn't for kids anyway. I just believe that convictions should be equal. And Strickland should just stick to dealing with Thomas "Crackpipe' Ravenal who got a pretty light sentence as well.
joecer49123 joecer49123 8 years
Hold on... let me go ask my black, poor cousin in jail if he agrees with Strickland...
MacDre MacDre 8 years
"HuffPost's Marcus Baram reports: If Michael Phelps is arrested, it would be a rarity in the recent history of drug prosecutions in Richland County, South Carolina. Doug Strickland, the head of the Richland County Public Defender's office, told Huffington Post that in his 21 years as a public defender, he could not recall a case where someone was criminally charged with drug possession based on photographic evidence and an admission of non-specific wrongdoing. "I cannot think of an instance where it's happened," said Strickland, pointing out that Phelps has not even confessed to possessing marijuana, simply acknowledging "regrettable" behavior and "bad judgment." "You have to prove that he possessed it and a photograph is not enough - If you wanted to press the issue, he could go out and locate who was there and squeeze them. That's a lot of effort for a misdemeanor that carries a fine of 30 days in jail or $500." Can't we all just get along, now?
skymontana skymontana 8 years
I like idiot Bale who condones that when one has talent just ignore his destructive behavior. Its scary seeing some kids online say they will take drugs too because it does not affect talented Phelps.
mscaitlinj mscaitlinj 8 years
as a swimmer i would hateee being photographed after practice... i feel bad for him in that respect.. i look like shttt after workout phelps is a cocky ass but i dont think that he should lose endorsements... its life. hes a normal 23 year old swimmer who just performs well.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well it was def bad judgement on his part, but it's also really sad that there was someone out there who wanted to take advantage of michael like this and sell the picture. that's just not really nice. i'm sure that he'll end up ok, maybe not the way that he would have liked, but at least he was able to bank some $$ before all this happened.
joecer49123 joecer49123 8 years
I am my childrens' role model and so is their father who works for the government. And the only thing he's 'free' to smoke is tobacco. The only god we serve is God alone. I happen to be a liberal who campaigned for Barrack TO run for President, thanks for assuming. I also think that the dummy stick should be as legal as the cancer stick. I'm aware that although Phelps is a great swimmer, he's no great scholar and now a criminal who is allowed as most celebrities to break the law and get a get out of jail free card. "Under federal law in the US, water pipes are legal to use for tobacco and other legal smoking materials. They are definitely illegal if used to smoke marijuana or another controlled substance, or if there is evidence that you intend to use it for such a purpose (for example, if you had a clean unused bong sitting next to a bag of marijuana, the bong could still be considered paraphernalia). Various states have different laws though, and in some states a water pipe is illegal to use even for tobacco. You will need to check your local state laws to know for certain if water pipes are legal to own." And I live in the state where the picture was taken... And no, on my pedestal we don't use alcohol or drugs that don't ease pain or suffering. Since you took the liberty to attack my opinion, I thought I'd correct your ass.
Silvers567 Silvers567 8 years
I think people need to stop putting athletes on such a pedestal. His job, just like everyone else doesn't carry over to his personal life. He is free to smoke a bong whenever he wants to. And to the uppity conservatives who think he should go to jail, check your local laws. Bongs are legal, and pictures of someone smoking one prove nothing. And the only way someone can raid your house is with a court order. Leave Phelps alone. If you want a role model for your kids, you need to be that person, instead of putting these god-like expectations one someones whose job is to swim.
spicyaroma spicyaroma 8 years
I can't say I feel sorry for him, you'd think he learned form that DUI back in 2005, guess not!
HaterTot HaterTot 8 years
There is no "proof" of anything. Bong's in and of themselves are not illegal and are sold ostensibly to smoke tobacco. So, he didn't commit a crime that anyone knows of. That said, he's an idiot for allowing this to happen. The DUI 4 years ago is MUCH worse in the grand scheme than doing a bong hit at a college party, and there was nothing like this current uproar over essentially nothing.
tahomablonde tahomablonde 8 years
If someone can win all those gold metals and still smoke pot it proves that weed doesnt do anything to inhibit your ability to be someone and do do something important. Alcohol is much worse than smoking weed. I'd rather be on the road with a pot head than a drunk. Legalize it!
junebug20 junebug20 8 years
While THIS incident may have been blown out of proportion, it should serve as a wake-up call to Phelps. I think his image is starting to get tarnished and he has a lot of children that look up to him. I know that I personally do not care to read about how he had a DUI in the past and to see pictures on the internet of him grabbing some stripper's butt in Las Vegas. I knew a guy who was in the Olympics for gymnastics. He took a break and worked on a cruise ship that I worked on. He made up for his "youth" by spending it getting drunk in the crew bar and sleeping around. Sometimes these athletes just want to live a little, but they go overboard. I think he has a lot of talent and I just hope he doesn't crash and burn.
medicgirl medicgirl 8 years
this is blown way outta proportion....it's not like he was caught snorting coke off a hookers ass! Sheesh
flyingroo flyingroo 8 years
Oh yeah, having the raging idiot Bale on his side it's going to help him a lot!
aristocrat1 aristocrat1 8 years
Punishment should be equal to everybody.
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