Phelps Uses Facebook To Apologize For Pot Smoking

Says it was bad judgment

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Olympic gold medalists Michael Phelps is using Facebook to apologize for a photograph showing the swimmer smoking marijuana at a college party.

"I engaged in behavior which was regrettable and demonstrated bad judgment. I’m 23-years-old, and despite the successes I have had in the pool, I acted in a youthful and inappropriate way, not in a manner that people have come to expect from me. For this, I am sorry. I promise my fans and the public – it will not happen again," Phelps wrote in a Facebook post.

Reaction from fans on Facebook have been mixed. "With all that goes on in the world, I still can’t believe society freaks out over crap like this. You’re a stand-up guy and a tremendous athlete. I’m not going to fault you for being human. You’ll always have my support," wrote Whitney.

Phelps Uses Facebook To Apologize For Pot Smoking



While other fans have been more critical of Phelps. "Michael, you have embarrassed me as an American who was so proud to show all my friends in Europe what an amazing guy you were. I have now put you in the same category as George Bush," wrote Joseph.

Still most fans seem willing to forgive Phelps. "Mistakes happen. Remember that we are all human and at times don’t make the best decisions. What we learn from experiences like these- can lead to tremendous growth on all levels," wrote Jasmine.

Phelps Uses Facebook To Apologize For Pot Smoking
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  • Guest

    Yes its disapointing but Michael Phelps is young and still needs to live his life. Individuals are confirmed for positions in government when they have broken laws, and no one makes a comment to them. Everyone is going to make mistakes. Just because he won gold medals doesn’t mean he doesn’t need to have a life. I am sure there is something in everyone’s closet somewhere!

  • kathy gage

    Hey, Champion –

    Don’t beat yourself up because our country has demonized marijuana. You have worked incredibly hard and are certain to continue striving to do your best in your sport, but you are young and entitled to “just have fun” on occasion. Tell your Mom that a few hits from a bong does not make you a druggie.

    • Guest

      I agree

  • http://www.technotechniques.com/ Pastilan

    hey, it is nothing, just that and he’s all apologies!

  • Steve Bashagas

    Why is the stuff illegal? It’s been around forever and laws have failed miserably to stop it. The laws have caused money to leave the USA and that money fuels drug cartels in Mexico and elsewhere.

    It’s easy to find anywhere in the USA always has been and always will be. Too bad that people who can’t control themselves validate lawmakers to “protect” others. Make it legal, tax the hell out of it and use the funds for public awareness and other health programs and have enough with a nonsense law.

    There’s nothing wrong with Michael Phelps, George Bush or Bill Clinton (who didn’t inhale) or the person reading this. Public figures though, have a responsibility to be near perfect. If the stuff wasn’t illegal he’d be right to apologise only for smoking as that sets a bad example as an athlete. If you are perfect, go ahead and cast a stone at a great American athlete.

  • http://www.webpronews.com/comment/reply/48815 mike wright

    phelps is human,who cares that he hit on a water bong, i have,willie nelson does,and bill clinton did,but claims he didnt inhale.he’s a great athlete who just like us, needs some chill time,so phelp’s should be able to enjoy his life without people worrying what he’s doing on his off time and the decisions he makes.hey people he brought gold home for the united states of america,leave it @ that!!

  • Steve

    Personally, I feel that this was a mistake on Phelps’ part and he has learned from it. Forgive, forget and move on … its how our general society functions when stuff like this happens these days anyways.

    I’m not sure that will happen when it comes to his sponsorships though. Watching a video the other day I saw this take on the bong hit, “marketing experts are predicting massive fallout and a quick exit by sponsors who could put an end to Phelps

  • TimmyD

    You know that he should have known better right? This is not really about if what he did was morally wrong. This is NOT about whether pot should be legal. You know that right?

    On one hand he should think a bit more about the people who kind of idolize him but in the end he may have damaged his ability to make money through endorsements. Our idolatry and love of celebrity is what the marketing folks want to sell. If he removes that clean and strong Champion image in any way he takes away what they are trying to sell. If you have watched his movements since the olympics he has gotten the nice bachelor pad and started acting like it too. That’s really no big deal in my mind but corporate marketing guys might think differently. On the other hand in my mind he is just a 23 year old that has deprived himself of everything and now is living a little. I cant see this guy doing much more than swimming or swimming related stuff so he should have taken care of his “estate” with more seriousness. The endorsements are his “estate” and are like free money.

    In the end no one, I mean no one really cares that he smoked pot. We have some bigger fish to fry I think but it is saddening that this outstanding champion WILL be affected by this mistake. It was a stupid, simple, and understandable mistake that does not speak about whether he is a quality person. It will put an extra door between him and the goose that lays the golden eggs though. Too bad, I really do hope it blows over.

    • Guest

      Oh man shut up…its just weed any one can smoke weed its nothing i have tried it and besides this didnt help him at alla to win his 8 medals…Hes the best, he won 8 medals and he smoke weed like me, hes genius!!!!

  • http://www.diamondonnet.com Diamonds

    Ummm, if your famous as he is, parties are not the best place to do this kind of stuff…

  • Hilary Harris

    Good for you Michael, you do what you want to do. You can win gold medals and rip tubes! There is no need to apologize.

  • http://www.indiesurf.com Darren Tan

    It’s normal among athletes and celebrities to engage in these type of activities… it just that we don’t see it, and we don’t know. Every person has a dark secret.. :-)

  • http://www.coffeerama.com coffee

    i am now totally convinced that smoking weed is evil since it limited Phelps to winning only 8 gold medals in last year’s Olympics

  • Rachel

    I don’t look at him at the same way…but he’s human. he’s going to make a mistake. i still somewhat look up to him

    but it was wrong of him to take all of the money if he wanted to do this kinds of things

    • rachel

      i meant “smoking pot”

  • guest

    people say its ok… are you crazy? what will his fans say now? what about the little kids that looked up to him? what about them? huh? i will never look at him like i used to

  • http://www.seosean.com SEO Services >

    It’s disappointing but I’m not worrying about it as there is not much I can personally do about it. Basically it happened, it’s over, it’s was not the best thing, he seems to realize it was not the best judgment so let’s him handle his own ethics and move on…

    • gdd2444

      I agree with you. I am 63 years old and have never done any kind of “drug”, but I can assure you that many of those we hold in high esteem have. That does not make it right, it just makes it human, in some crazy way. This boy has been under sooooo much pressure for so long, just let it go people and give the kid a chance. I am guessing the none of you have ever made a mistake that you wish you could take back……………………

  • http://www.zazacreative.com zazacreative

    There to much going on in the worl then to wonder about michael and what he does. He is a Very good athlete.

  • http://www.thelostagency.com david

    stupidity comes at olympic levels it seems… sorry on facebook, wow did he get his mum to write a note… after all this the only thing he can say is sorry on facebook

    he needs to stop smoking his ego and do something proactive towards helping drug abuse/maybe some charity work with some addicts…

    he is a role model, and should set an example, its not an issue of if it should/should not be legal, he needs to set standards, or dont become a role model for a generation…

  • Tom Schmokel

    Had he been funneling a BUD Light surrounded by half naked women: he’d have gotten paid $100K: what a hypocritical world we live in. He’s just a human and still a kid, and he shouldn’t even have to apologize. Party on Michael: but in private. Realize that any idiot with a camera can ruin your life these days and get paid by the media for the picture rights.

  • Natalie Perzylo

    Michael missed an opportunity of telling the world that our drug laws are farcical.

    to smoke pot or not is not the question, but what is… is should people be criminalised for doing so?

    I’m sure you didn’t know that the following… so how can it be evil?

    U.N. crime chief says drug money flowed into banks
    Sunday, January 25, 2009

    VIENNA: The United Nations’ crime and drug watchdog has indications that money made in illicit drug trade has been used to keep banks afloat in the global financial crisis, its head was quoted as saying on Sunday.

    as seen on http://mildgreens.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.typemock.com unit testing

    With and without pot he is the best in the world !

  • http://randomplaza.net Brave Agent Pubeit

    I wonder if this affects his standing in the Olympics.

    I don’t think marijuana is a performance-enhancing drug.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/home-business-success- Terri

    He is a grown man and he is the only one who will suffer from the consequences of his action. No big deal he has plenty of money. He’ll get other endorsements and be back swimming in no time at all. Enjoy yourself for the three months suspension. I don’t believe people should judge him so hard.

    Michael, it’s your thing do what you want to do, all I say is be more discreet about it. Have you heard the saying, “It’s not what you do but how or who you do it with.”

    Words to live by.

    Terri Pattio

  • Peter

    Do people actually care that he smoked cannabis when he was in college? Some people really need to stop condeming other people and look at what is obviously missing from their own life to make them so unbelievably judgemental.

  • Zeke

    Stand up for your decisions. You don’t owe anyone an apology. You made the whole country very proud. People should just thank you, ESPECIALLY FANS. There are millions of pot smokers in this country (1/2 million in jail) and they are good people that you know: Neighbors, friends, family, business associates, AND the reggae-looking guy on the corner. Getting stoned is so much better than getting drunk or taking pills, and it’s more-or-less harmless.

    The big drawback with smoking anything is that after awhile, you wont be able to hold your breath as long (bad for swimmers). Peace,

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