By: Chris Chase December 16, pm. As a refresher, in a British tabloid printed a picture of Phelps holding a bong, appearing to be smoking marijuana, at the University of South Carolina in November of , three months after his triumphant, historic eight-gold medal performance in Beijing. Phelps reportedly tried to buy the picture first , but the News of the World got it, printed it, blew it up into a worldwide scandal and eventually got Phelps suspended for three months. Phelps discussed this:. I know who it is.
Phelps admits 'bad judgment' after marijuana-pipe photo
BBC NEWS | Americas | Swimmer Phelps regrets pot pipe
Crisp bills lay on the Ping-Pong table. But the players crowded around weren't using paddles. The game that Monday night in November was Well after midnight, a female South Carolina student said she saw a young woman she did not know snap a cellphone photo of Phelps smoking from a bong, a marijuana water pipe. Was that the photo the British tabloid News of the World published Feb. The photo that got Phelps, 23, in trouble could have been taken by any of the dozens of partyers at the house that night — or on other nights when Phelps was in Columbia the first week of November.
Report: Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps caught smoking bong?
Olympic great Michael Phelps acknowledged "regrettable" behavior and "bad judgment" after a photo in a British newspaper Sunday showed him inhaling from a marijuana pipe. In a statement to The Associated Press, the American swimmer who won a record eight gold medals at the Beijing Games did not dispute the authenticity of the exclusive picture published Sunday by the tabloid News of the World. For this, I am sorry. I promise my fans and the public it will not happen again.
Michael Phelps took a big hit — and now his wallet could take a big hit, too. A photo of Phelps smoking marijuana out of a bong at a party in November has brought his endorsement career to a crossroads, marketing experts say. And the megabucks that were flowing in could soon go down the drain unless America's superstar swimmer, who won a record eight gold medals at the Olympic Games, changes his ways. And there's the potential for other sponsors to pull the plug on him, using this is an opportunity.