Phelps has embarrassed himself again after a triumphant Olympics, this time getting his picture snapped as he inhaled from a marijuana pipe. The photo wound up in a British tabloid Sunday, forcing Phelps to publicly apologize and his handlers to deal with sponsors who are surely none too pleased about the swimmer's choices away from the pool.

"I engaged in behavior which was regrettable and demonstrated bad judgment," Phelps said in the statement released by one of his agents. "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."

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Did your opinion of Olympic champion Michael Phelps change when pictures of him smoking marijuana were released?
Phelps has embarrassed himself again after a triumphant Olympics, this time getting his picture snapped as he inhaled from a marijuana pipe. The photo wound up in a British tabloid Sunday, forcing Phelps to publicly apologize and his handlers to deal with sponsors who are surely none too pleased about the swimmer's choices away from the pool.

"I engaged in behavior which was regrettable and demonstrated bad judgment," Phelps said in the statement released by one of his agents. "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."

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5 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 2/2/09 - 2:29:15 PM EST (GMT-5)
yes. it completely changed my opinion of him. if he's doing illegal drugs, that slightly ruins his reputation.
5 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 2/2/09 - 2:46:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
Oh my God! He smoked marijuana! He must be a horrible horrible person and I will never respect him again.

Seriously though, who cares if he smoked pot? It's not the end of the world. Not even close.
5 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 2/2/09 - 2:50:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
it bothers me when people go on about something just because it's illegal. Society deems it inappropriate, so we have to revolt as a nation at the sight of such things. What ever happened to individual thinking? What happened to deciding for yourself what's right and what's wrong? Have we seriously gotten that comfortable with laziness that we don't bother to think for ourselves any longer, and instead are complacent to let the government think for us? Such pictures should not change someone's opinion of a man who has done great things for his country just because marijuana is frowned upon by both society and the government. After all, our founding fathers smoked weed, but that's not what they're remembered for.
5 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 2/2/09 - 3:13:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
No. If there were pictures of him drinking a beer, would it be any worse?

Yeah, marijuana is illegal and being famous, he should have taken extra precautions so as not to get caught. But hey, it happens. I have nothing against marijuana or those who smoke it.
5 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 2/2/09 - 3:29:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
Doesn't bother me. If he showed up to a race stoned out of him mind, that would lower my opinion of him. But he was doing it on his downtime, just like last night I went out and had a few beers. Nothing wrong with that.
5 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 2/2/09 - 3:33:06 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, if anything i'm more impressed. If he can race and win stoned, just think what he would have been like sober.
5 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 2/2/09 - 3:37:35 PM EST (GMT-5)
Doesn't really bother me. I wouldn't do it myself, but his choice really. Still an amazing athlete, even with that. Makes him seem even better really.
5 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 2/2/09 - 3:43:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, his only fault, in this situation, was smoking pot in a room full of people and knowing someone had a cell phone with the ability to take pictures. What a loser, taking a picture and selling it. This picture taker, most likely, was tok'n on the pipe just before Michael.
5 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 2/2/09 - 4:15:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
It proves he isn't an almighty hero, but a person who likes to get high every once in a while :)
5 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 2/2/09 - 5:02:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
Oh, 'cause no one has ever smoked marijuana before ever. It does nothing for my opinion for or against him. As long as he's not hurting anyone.
5 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 2/2/09 - 5:12:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
Well, clearly he's not very good and picking friends. Whoever sold that picture is a real dick.
5 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 2/2/09 - 5:17:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
yes, it increased
5 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 2/2/09 - 5:17:48 PM EST (GMT-5)
So he smokes pot, big whoop, other people smoke pot too.
5 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 2/2/09 - 5:22:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
My opinion of him didn't change, but that's mostly because I hated him to start off with...
Arrogant fool
5 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 2/2/09 - 5:24:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
I never really cared about him in the first place, so no, I dont care about this either.
5 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 2/2/09 - 6:10:48 PM EST (GMT-5)
now people know he smokes..he is not such a kike
5 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 2/2/09 - 7:34:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
What Michael Phelps should have said.
Instead of that apology.

The picture didn't change my opinion of him at all.
it just showed me he has good taste in bongs.
Check out the RooR he's smoking out of. =) lol
5 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 2/2/09 - 7:37:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'm never really seen him as anything other than some guy who can swim really fast, so no.
5 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 2/2/09 - 7:47:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
Psh, definitely not, or at least not for the worse.
5 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 2/2/09 - 8:58:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
yeah it kinda pissed me off
5 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 2/2/09 - 10:02:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 2/2/09 - 3:33:06 PM Avant-garde wrote:
No, if anything i'm more impressed. If he can race and win stoned, just think what he would have been like sober.


He wasn't stoned when he raced.
5 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 2/2/09 - 11:29:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, but then I didn't have any particular opinion of him anyway. I still don't.
5 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 2/2/09 - 11:49:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
LETS BURN BROTHER
5 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 2/2/09 - 11:51:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
I would be pissed if it was discovered that he was taking steroids. That's cheating. Smoking weed and winning gold definitely says "in your face!" to other countries.
5 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 2/3/09 - 12:00:36 AM EST (GMT-5)
Nope I don't much care. I don't feel it should be illegal anyways. Think we have better things to be worried about then someone getting high.

On a side note. I bet he could clear a triple bubble with ease.

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