Skip to comments.What A Dope: Michael Phelps caught with cannabis pipe
Posted on 01/31/2009 3:02:21 PM PST by LucyJo
THIS is the astonishing picture which could destroy the career of the greatest competitor in Olympic history.
In our exclusive photo Michael Phelps, who won a record EIGHT gold medals for swimming at the Beijing games last summer, draws from a bong.
The glass pipes are generally used to smoke cannabis.
And after sporting chiefs announced laws which mean four-year bans for drug-taking, Phelps dreams of adding to his overall 14 gold medal tally at the 2012 games in London could already be OVER.
GOLDEN BOY: Phelps at Beijing Those dreams seemed the last thing on his mind when he puffed from the bong during two days of partying with students last November, a quiet time in the swimming calendar when athletes would not expect to get tested for drugs.
One party-goer who witnessed the stars behaviour told the News of the World: He was out of control from the moment he got there.
If he continues to party like that Id be amazed if he ever won any more medals again.
Phelps aides went into a panic over our story and offered us a raft of extraordinary incentives not to run the bong picture.
(Excerpt) Read more at newsoftheworld.co.uk ...
How very sad in so very many ways.
So, he was pictured with a pipe and that negates everything he’s ever done and everything he hopes to do in his life? Give me a break.
Well he could always become a DemocRAT and say he didn’t inhale.
If it’s true he can be President.
Hmmm...it doesn't look like him.
If he continues to promote the lifestyle of a pothead they should take his gold medals away.
Thank goodness it wasn’t a cigarette or cigar. Some people might be really upset then.
Cannot take those away, but there goes millions in endorsement advertisement. However, he may have a future promoting surf boards for beach bum pot heads.
Well it could certainly seriously damage his value for advertising.
Maybe Michael can start a new Rap music career with Joaquin Phoenix.
They can call themselves the Bong Brothers.
Check the comments below the story. Must be free internet day at the rehab center.
Could they really ban him if he doesn’t fail a drug test? And if swimming is like wrestling, national team members are always subject to drug testing.
Michael Phelps means nothing to me, and if he wants to use marijuana, oh well. Stupid is as stupid does.
However, if the rules for competition are “no drug use ever,” then (if this is really he) he shouldn’t be allowed to compete any more. With no actual drug charges on his record, he should be able to get a real job.
Doesn’t like him to me either.
“If he continues to promote the lifestyle of a pothead they should take his gold medals away.”
So, in your opinion when an olympic athlete wins a medal, that medal comes with a guarantee that the athlete will live his/her life in a way that meets your approval? When they don’t meet your approval, then they should forfeit their medals that they earned fairly, from dedication, hard work, and some natural talent.
He isn’t promoting anything. Notice how he isn’t facing the camera? Someone else is promoting this lifestyle, and using Phelps to do it.
“destroy the career”
R U kidding me?
We have a foreign potus who smokes now, smoked pot and crack, is playing BOHIC with the muzzies, the world is ganging up on Israel, new jobs are scarce, and people are going to get their panties in a bunch over a glass pipe?
Go have a beer, watch the Super Bowl tomorrow and let’s not be so quick to condemn. It plays right into the whole PC, ordering people how to act thing.
No, it doesn’t negate everything he has ever done. Hopefully, it doesn’t negate everything he hopes to do in his life. That will be up to him in many ways.
He’s about to find that the path before him won’t be as smooth now, because of others who hope to profit from his mistakes.
Another reason to legalize pot, had he been caught with a sloe-gin fizz all that would have been questioned was his sexuality.
Doesn’t LOOK like him to me either.
His face is too short.
Agreed....zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...who cares....so he smoked some naturally growing weeds that when dried out and smoked can make a person laugh a lot and want to eat like there’s no tomorrow...
I think it’s comical that judgement will be coming from the millions who inhale “prescription” drugs daily to take the edge off of the stress yet here’s an ‘alleged’ picture of him using an herb to do the same and now HE’S the bad guy?
As Bill Walton would so eloquently say....Please....
WHAT?// THIS DEFINTELY DOESN’T LOOK LIKE HIM!
Seems like way too much hair as he seems to wear it short. But if he has turned into a dope smoking hippy, maybe he is growing it long.
Is that the same watch? Leather band??
That big BONG LOL!
I don’t think it’s him. This publication sounds like a tabloid trying to cause trouble just for the entertainment of it all....for them.
Can we say
“ PHOTOSHOP “ ?
What is so unfortunate about these Olympic athletes is that they work for one thing there whole life and that is winning a gold medal and once they accomplish their goal or fall short of their goal and they then say, “Now what?”
It is a very unbalanced life. Like Michael said all he did was “sleep, eat and swim.” Now that it is over and he has all this idle time he has nothing to accomplish.
I remember Mary Lou Retton said the same thing after she was done, she gained 40 lbs and no idea what to do after it was over.
I hope he learns from his mistakes because he is on a “self destruction” course. He has been in Vegas a lot living it up and trying to learn as much as possible about poker.
Hopefully this is a wake up call for him.
I’m not even sure it’s a photoshop. It just looks like a picture of “anydude” and somebody decided it looked enough like Michael Phelps to start the rumor.
The dell guy did not win 8 gold medals
I don’t think that’s him in the picture, and even it if it is, who cares. Hes a kid with millions, and gold medals out the wazoo, hes set for life!
Yep, it doesn’t look like him AND that’s why his ‘team’ made the offer to have him write a column for 3 years, promote the newspaper and have his sponsors run ads in the paper.
IBM has hired Phelps as their ‘motivational’ speaker - it will be great to hear his opinion on rating ‘Panama Red’ vs.
Yep. Same watch.
I hope it isn’t him.
“So, he was pictured with a pipe and that negates everything hes ever done and everything he hopes to do in his life? Give me a break.”
Ditto that. But hey, folks have to have someone to hold up as not being perfect so they can feel like they are. ;)
I was just thinking the same thing. Isn't Michael Phelps' nose bigger than this guy's?
Michael Vick went from the penthouse to the big house in one off-season. Depending upon the amount of play this gets, it will total his advertising value, which is the only value an Olympian has.
Phelps behavior, though isn't all that unusual. The regime required to get as good as he is at what he does almost requires an unbalanced binge personality.
I'd never really realized this until I worked with a guy who was on the University of Texas Golf Team. The guy drove me crazy talking about golf (I don't play.) He took a part time minimum wage job at a country club because he got to use the course for free (membership was something like 20,000 a year.) I got to where I'd hit the timer on my watch whenever we had a conversation. We never got past 2:34 before he was talking about golf. He could start on the first hole and describe every stroke in an entire round, and would if you couldn't get away from him. I asked him why he didn't turn pro. He told me he didn't like golf enough to put in the effort necessary to be successful as a pro.
So now white children have a role model whose a marijuana smoking Olympic Gold medal winner.
While black children have a role model whose a corrupt coke-head living in the White House.
I sure miss John Wayne.
I understand your point. I won’t damn him for trying pot (plenty of good young folks have done that before), but I do wish he hadn’t put himself in a situation where it would hit the press and harm his reputation.
I don’t think it looks like him, either.
“I dont think thats him in the picture, and even it if it is, who cares. Hes a kid with millions, and gold medals out the wazoo, hes set for life!”
Nice. You really DO know whats important in life, don’t you, Mr. Strawberry?
BTW, this IS a Conservative forum, ya’ know. The Bong crowd is down the hall to the left, says “DU” on the door.
True, but Mary Lou came through okay. She’s married with kids and doing ads for GNC, goes to the UT home games and still has a gymnast’s body.
Tough thing about growing up today. There are fifty cameras in every room. When Phelps shows up, everybody’s clicking. I’ll bet forty kids took photos with their cell phones at that party.