Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps, who won a record eight gold medals in the 2008 Summer Games, has publicly acknowledged that the photo in "News of the World," purportedly showing him smoking marijuana from a bong, is in fact the real deal.
His statement says:
“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.”
The British tabloid obtained a photo of Phelps smoking a bong, a water pipe usually used for smoking weed. View the pix here. Check out their amusing headline: What a DOPE!
The photo was allegedly taken at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, where Phelps was reportedly visiting a girlfriend.
Will this hurt Phelps’ endorsement career?
Is he just blowing off steam?
Or does he need to start watching his step?
Mom, Dad, you need to have a talk with Mikey.
Photos: Mikey hawks his book, "No Limits: The Will to Succeed." Step #1: Put down the bong!