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What A Dope: Michael Phelps caught with cannabis pipe
News of the World ^ | 1/02/2009 | Georgina Dickinson

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 star’s 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 I’d 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 ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: athletes; cannabis; dope; dudeneedmunchies; hippielettuce; michaelphelps; phelps; potheads; stoner; wod
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I so hoped it wasn't Phelps when I read the breaking news on Drudge before the story was posted, but I thought that it probably was him.

How very sad in so very many ways.

1 posted on 01/31/2009 3:02:22 PM PST by LucyJo
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To: LucyJo

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.


2 posted on 01/31/2009 3:04:51 PM PST by Hildy
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To: LucyJo

Well he could always become a DemocRAT and say he didn’t inhale.


3 posted on 01/31/2009 3:06:09 PM PST by ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton (To those who believe the world was safer with Saddam, get treatment for that!)
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To: Hildy

If it’s true he can be President.


4 posted on 01/31/2009 3:06:47 PM PST by mortal19440
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To: LucyJo

Hmmm...it doesn't look like him.

5 posted on 01/31/2009 3:07:55 PM PST by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must...)
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To: LucyJo

So what?


6 posted on 01/31/2009 3:08:20 PM PST by Eagle Eye (Libs- If you don't have to play the rules then neither do we...THINK ABOUT IT!)
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To: LucyJo

If he continues to promote the lifestyle of a pothead they should take his gold medals away.


7 posted on 01/31/2009 3:10:09 PM PST by april15Bendovr (Free Republic & Ron Paul Cult = oxymoron)
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To: Hildy
Seen the guy who made the dell commercials around lately???
8 posted on 01/31/2009 3:10:39 PM PST by org.whodat (Conservatives don't vote for Bailouts for Super-Rich Bankers! Republicans do!)
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To: LucyJo

Thank goodness it wasn’t a cigarette or cigar. Some people might be really upset then.


9 posted on 01/31/2009 3:12:16 PM PST by DakotaRed (Don't you wish you had supported a conservative when you had the chance?)
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To: april15Bendovr
If he continues to promote the lifestyle of a pothead they should take his gold medals away.

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.

10 posted on 01/31/2009 3:12:40 PM PST by org.whodat (Conservatives don't vote for Bailouts for Super-Rich Bankers! Republicans do!)
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To: LucyJo

11 posted on 01/31/2009 3:13:37 PM PST by South40
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To: Hildy; LucyJo
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 it could certainly seriously damage his value for advertising.

12 posted on 01/31/2009 3:14:35 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: org.whodat

Maybe Michael can start a new Rap music career with Joaquin Phoenix.

They can call themselves the Bong Brothers.


13 posted on 01/31/2009 3:15:48 PM PST by april15Bendovr (Free Republic & Ron Paul Cult = oxymoron)
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To: LucyJo

Check the comments below the story. Must be free internet day at the rehab center.


14 posted on 01/31/2009 3:16:08 PM PST by papasmurf (Impeach the illegal bastard!)
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To: LucyJo

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.


15 posted on 01/31/2009 3:16:41 PM PST by Mr. Blonde (You ever thought about being weird for a living?)
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To: LucyJo

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.


16 posted on 01/31/2009 3:18:05 PM PST by Tax-chick (I will not be silenced.)
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To: Pharmboy

Doesn’t like him to me either.


17 posted on 01/31/2009 3:19:40 PM PST by abigailsmybaby (Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake.)
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To: april15Bendovr

“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.


18 posted on 01/31/2009 3:19:52 PM PST by ga medic
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To: LucyJo; Hildy

“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.


19 posted on 01/31/2009 3:20:14 PM PST by Canedawg (Lincoln freed the slaves, BO will free the terrorists. "Unity of purpose" my a- -, Mr.POS)
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To: Hildy

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.


20 posted on 01/31/2009 3:20:22 PM PST by LucyJo
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To: LucyJo

Another reason to legalize pot, had he been caught with a sloe-gin fizz all that would have been questioned was his sexuality.


21 posted on 01/31/2009 3:20:39 PM PST by DoingTheFrenchMistake
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To: abigailsmybaby

Doesn’t LOOK like him to me either.


22 posted on 01/31/2009 3:20:50 PM PST by abigailsmybaby (Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake.)
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To: Pharmboy

His face is too short.


23 posted on 01/31/2009 3:22:51 PM PST by rabidralph (Obama is the McNabb of politics.)
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To: Hildy

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....


24 posted on 01/31/2009 3:23:10 PM PST by phatus maximus ( John 6:29. Learn it, love it, live it.)
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To: abigailsmybaby

WHAT?// THIS DEFINTELY DOESN’T LOOK LIKE HIM!


25 posted on 01/31/2009 3:24:16 PM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (FREE BLAGO !!! LET HIM SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER !!!)
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To: Pharmboy

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.


26 posted on 01/31/2009 3:24:24 PM PST by RetiredArmy (Oscuma is a dope smoking, Chicago gangland punk- street thug. Simple as that.)
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To: DakotaRed

Or alcohol.


27 posted on 01/31/2009 3:24:43 PM PST by Twink
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To: Eagle Eye

Exactly.


28 posted on 01/31/2009 3:24:49 PM PST by cweese (Hook 'em Horns!!!)
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To: Pharmboy

Is that the same watch? Leather band??

29 posted on 01/31/2009 3:24:59 PM PST by GRRRRR (He'll NEVER be my President!)
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To: Pharmboy

That big BONG LOL!


30 posted on 01/31/2009 3:26:18 PM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

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.


31 posted on 01/31/2009 3:28:27 PM PST by abigailsmybaby (Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake.)
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To: papasmurf

LMAO!


32 posted on 01/31/2009 3:28:49 PM PST by Pinkbell (Liberals are only tolerant of those with whom they agree.)
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To: abigailsmybaby; GRRRRR

Can we say
“ PHOTOSHOP “ ?


33 posted on 01/31/2009 3:29:58 PM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (FREE BLAGO !!! LET HIM SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER !!!)
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To: LucyJo

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.


34 posted on 01/31/2009 3:30:34 PM PST by truthandlife ("Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God." (Ps 20:7))
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

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.


35 posted on 01/31/2009 3:31:38 PM PST by abigailsmybaby (Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake.)
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To: org.whodat

The dell guy did not win 8 gold medals


36 posted on 01/31/2009 3:33:12 PM PST by Hildy
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To: abigailsmybaby

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!


37 posted on 01/31/2009 3:35:39 PM PST by Edizzl79 (you want my guns..come and get em...I dare ya....)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

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.
‘Beijing Yellow’.

LOL


38 posted on 01/31/2009 3:36:26 PM PST by NHResident
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To: GRRRRR

Yep. Same watch.


39 posted on 01/31/2009 3:36:41 PM PST by Junior_G
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To: Pharmboy

I hope it isn’t him.


40 posted on 01/31/2009 3:37:48 PM PST by LucyJo
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To: Pinkbell


Looks like him to me.

Our Olympic athletes are supposed to represent US. They are what we want our children to aspire to. They display all of the good characteristics that we have desired in ourselves, such as, wholesome goodness, honesty, good sportsmanship, healthy life style, etc.

So, we need to ask ourselves, do we want our children emulating Michael "The Bong" Phelps, or do we want our children to be examples of our core principles?
41 posted on 01/31/2009 3:38:42 PM PST by papasmurf (Impeach the illegal bastard!)
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To: Hildy

“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.”

Ditto that. But hey, folks have to have someone to hold up as not being perfect so they can feel like they are. ;)


42 posted on 01/31/2009 3:38:53 PM PST by CaribouCrossing
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To: Pharmboy
Hmmm...it doesn't look like him.

I was just thinking the same thing. Isn't Michael Phelps' nose bigger than this guy's?

43 posted on 01/31/2009 3:39:31 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: Paleo Conservative
Athletes, actors and musicians forget that they are paid far out of proportion to actual value because people spend discretionary dollars on a whim. They are the most disposable of heros.

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.

44 posted on 01/31/2009 3:39:45 PM PST by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: LucyJo

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.


45 posted on 01/31/2009 3:40:00 PM PST by Gator113 ("Noli nothis permittere te terere.")
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To: papasmurf

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.


46 posted on 01/31/2009 3:40:39 PM PST by CaribouCrossing
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To: Pharmboy

I don’t think it looks like him, either.


47 posted on 01/31/2009 3:40:53 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Edizzl79

“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!”

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.


48 posted on 01/31/2009 3:41:53 PM PST by papasmurf (Impeach the illegal bastard!)
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To: truthandlife

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.


49 posted on 01/31/2009 3:42:15 PM PST by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: CaribouCrossing

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.


50 posted on 01/31/2009 3:44:07 PM PST by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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