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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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To: GRRRRR

that is a very good catch on the watch!
Looks identical to me.


151 posted on 02/01/2009 9:56:09 AM PST by a real Sheila (Obama REALLY IS an AFRICAN American!)
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Just heard on Fox News that Phelps says the Bong pic is authentic and "it won't happen again.

What will the folks from Wheaties say now?

152 posted on 02/01/2009 10:33:34 AM PST by NoRedTape
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To: LucyJo
Phelps Acknowledges Photo Showing Him Smoking Pot

Phelps said: "I engaged in behavior which was regrettable and demonstrated bad judgment. 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."

153 posted on 02/01/2009 10:34:14 AM PST by ncdrumr (Oooh, SarahCUda!)
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To: NoRedTape

Wheaties should take Michaels trend under advisement. It works with brownies, doncha’ know.


154 posted on 02/01/2009 10:42:59 AM PST by gathersnomoss (General George Patton had it right.)
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To: Finny

Well stated...As the old acronym goes:

Keep
It
Simple
Stupid

Follow that and success and happiness will follow one in every aspect of life...Contentment is far underrated in today’s world. If there was more of being content lots of bad things would happen less often.


155 posted on 02/01/2009 10:50:03 AM PST by phatus maximus ( John 6:29. Learn it, love it, live it.)
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To: LucyJo
Please people cut the guy some slack! Look if this is Phelps then yes he is stupid. But I can understand why this might happen.

First I don't think that that cannabis is a PERFORMANCE ENHANCING DRUG. If anything cannabis would hurt his performance. So it is to no advantage to use a drug like cannabis.

But if you life was absorbed by training, training , and more training you are probably dying to have some "fun". I think that too many posters here have forgot what it's like to be young and foolish. Yes it's stupid but Phelps is still quite young and not wise in the ways of the world. Cutting loose is something young people are just dying to do. I can remember when I was his age and I did some pretty stupid things as well. In fact I did some VERY stupid things and my life wasn't nearly as spartan as Phelps must be. But you have just got to cut loose and go a little wild when you are young or you will go completely crazy. The problem in all this is that Phelps is world famous. He lives in a fish bowl. He can't do the "normal" stuff that I did and get away with it. Nobody knew or cared what I did because I was just one of many doing the same crazy things. Nobody cares about me and there were no cameras around. And yes I inhaled.
156 posted on 02/01/2009 11:08:39 AM PST by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough!)
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To: Gator113
Do you know for sure what John Wayne did when the cameras were not rolling? How do you know he didn't do some boozing and womanizing? I'd bet even money he did some. I may be wrong and I don't want to smear the guy. He MAY have been a saint but the odds are against it. There are very few saints among us.
157 posted on 02/01/2009 11:13:25 AM PST by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough!)
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To: LucyJo

yo dude.

dayum


158 posted on 02/01/2009 11:14:07 AM PST by wardaddy (The GOP hasn't learned shite)
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To: truthguy

“How do you know he didn’t do some boozing and womanizing? “

He absolutely did. I can say that because one of his old girlfriends used to live near me. The John Wayne Marina, owned by his family, is 20 minutes from my house and was one of his favorite harbors. Be that as it may, a generation of youth looked up to him, in fantasy I am sure, as we did many other folks.

Though many of those role models & childhood heros back then had their problems, being a doper was not publicly acceptable as it apparently is today. I see that as a problem.

I don’t think that our favorite swimmer is a lowlife for smoking dope, I see him as a fool and a hypocrite in his actions. Frankly, I don’t give a hoot if folks want to smoke dope until it’s coming out of their ears, I just don’t think excuses or acceptance should be given to them, especially when it is our country’s children that are watching all of this.

He chose the role of setting an example, he gets paid very well for it... he failed in my view, and should suffer the consequences of his foolishness, that’s all.

I am now 60, so maybe it’s all ok now, after all, Obama was/is a crack head, and Clinton smoked dope, and it was even ok for him to rape and make B/J’s ok for children to talk about, or worse.....

I like the world I came from much better that the one created by those in charge of perception building and example setting today.

As for your Saint comment. I hold that ALL men have been in rooms that they wouldn’t have wanted to had died in, myself included, in fact, I have been in many of those rooms, but I am nobody famous, I was nothing in my life...just an honest man and good dad, that’s all.


159 posted on 02/01/2009 12:55:09 PM PST by Gator113 ("Noli nothis permittere te terere.")
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To: LucyJo

I don’t believe he’s enhaling.


160 posted on 02/01/2009 12:59:08 PM PST by Robert Lomax
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To: april15Bendovr
If he continues to promote the lifestyle of a pothead they should take his gold medals away.

Good to see a few of the anti-pot dorks on FR are still around.

161 posted on 02/01/2009 1:19:15 PM PST by jmc813
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To: jmc813
“Good to see a few of the anti-pot dorks on FR are still around.”

I don't know that many people that associate being pro-marijuana with being a responsible patriotic American conservative.

I consider it the #1 drug responsible for the dumbing down of America.

162 posted on 02/01/2009 2:58:07 PM PST by april15Bendovr (Free Republic & Ron Paul Cult = oxymoron)
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To: LucyJo
The good news is Phelps admitted his mistake.

He should do some PSA ads educating the general public on the dangers of smoking pot to redeem himself.

163 posted on 02/01/2009 3:15:46 PM PST by april15Bendovr (Free Republic & Ron Paul Cult = oxymoron)
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To: jmc813
Remember the old "cinFLAgrations"? Those were were something to see!
164 posted on 02/01/2009 3:54:27 PM PST by Ken H
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To: Callahan

I love the fact that a DUI wouldn’t deny him endorsement deals but hitting a bong will.

Apparently in this society, driving drunk is seen as a lesser evil than just smoking weed. Amazing.


165 posted on 02/01/2009 5:36:47 PM PST by Nate505
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To: blondee123
He gave a very motivational interview during the Olympics, I even taped it to show to my 12 yr old grandson & he was impressed by it, now he will wonder WHO HE CAN BELIEVE IN!!! Really sad, his mom is probably devistated!!!

Are you going to let your grandson know about the DUI he got after the 2004 Olympics? Yikes, WHO CAN HE BELIEVE IN!!!

166 posted on 02/01/2009 5:40:06 PM PST by Nate505
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To: april15Bendovr

You must be a blast at parties.


167 posted on 02/02/2009 4:33:26 AM PST by jmc813
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To: LucyJo
He sure can swim!

However, he may just qualify along with the likes of Michael Vick and Pacman Jones for out and out stupidity!

Just goes to show that swimming does not increase your ability to make value judgements.

Maybe his cell mates ("Fat Fingers aQeder" and "Men Only Bubba") will leave him alone because of his gold medals!

/sarcasm

Or as Bugs Bunny used to say....."Whada Maroon!"

168 posted on 02/02/2009 4:38:22 AM PST by Logic n' Reason (Welcome, one and all, to the islamo-muslim states of obammica!)
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To: Logic n' Reason

Oh, experimenting with pot is on the same level as raising dogs to rip each other apart and carrying a gun into a stip club. There’s some logic and reason for ya.


169 posted on 02/02/2009 6:23:43 AM PST by bird4four4 (God Damn America!!! - Mr. Wright, your prayer has been answered 11-4-08)
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To: jmc813

I’m terribly dissapointed in Phelps. With his lung capacity he should be using an eight footer.


170 posted on 02/02/2009 6:24:47 AM PST by bird4four4 (God Damn America!!! - Mr. Wright, your prayer has been answered 11-4-08)
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To: bird4four4

ROFL!


171 posted on 02/02/2009 6:26:05 AM PST by Constitution Day (Big Brotha Is Watching You)
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To: LucyJo

OK, I guess that’s it. But I’m still disappointed because finally in some ways MD has a champion, but then, raised in a liberal state, what do you expect?

Phelps had been arrested after the previous Olympics for drunk driving - and maybe also just being busted at a “party” (someone said the latter on radio, but I don’t recall it).

Add to that I never liked the eyes on Phelps - something there I don’t trust. At the very least looks like an arrogant smart-ass (pompous about his ability, perhaps?), at most like a druggie (same kind of washed-out losing-it vacant look as Klintoon).


172 posted on 02/02/2009 6:50:21 AM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Nate505

Oh, because EVERYONE loves drunkeness (”parties”). Well, 95% of society - especially the younger society. They think it’s harmless, et al. They also think it’s fun - why? Why are “parties” consisting only of getting drunk? What is so fun about that? The puking? Yeah, I find puking really fun.

Personally I’m 1 of the 5% who doesn’t ever “drink”. Never, except for communion wine (and yes, I had some sips of dad’s beer as a child). Not only do I abhor drunkeness, but I hate the taste of the stuff. It’s awful. Don’t get how anyone thinks it tastes great.


173 posted on 02/02/2009 7:05:00 AM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: ncdrumr

Given he’s been arrested for drunk-driving, I have doubts about his ability to “never do” things “again”.


174 posted on 02/02/2009 7:07:11 AM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: berdie
They are not personal role models, nor should they be. And I think he maybe right. One can admire and try to emulate the athletic ability, but any personal morals have to begin at home. And then, young people will experiment. It doesn't mean they will end up living under a bridge.

Your brother is right, each current "hero's" heroic accomplishment is in his area of specialty and only there, and let's stop at that. Their lives are likely to be a mess, just like everyone else's. I bet you could find dirt in Captain Sully's life history, too, but why look?!

In the meantime, Michael Phelps is a featured speaker (along with Colon Bowel, Steve Forbes, Rudy and Zig Ziglar) in a traveling circus advertised in full page ads and called GET MOTIVATED BUSINESS SEMINAR. ONLY $4.95 to attend ("Or Send Your Entire Office for Only $19!"), and undoubtedly a come-on to buy more goodies. But the question for me is what is it that I could possibly learn from the likes of Michael Phelps?

175 posted on 02/02/2009 9:23:06 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: bird4four4
Ahhhhh....why should I even have to explain it to you?

They are/were both "stars"....both worth millions....both knew it.

And from an extreme lack of judgement and the ability to think....they both blew it away. It's gone!

I never said anything at all about the "crimes" being equal....just the stupidity.

Sheeeesh....get a life!

176 posted on 02/02/2009 9:35:49 AM PST by Logic n' Reason (Welcome, one and all, to the islamo-muslim states of obammica!)
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To: LucyJo

well, nobody ever said that he was bright.


177 posted on 02/02/2009 5:24:06 PM PST by Coleus (Abortion, Euthanasia & FOCA - - don't Obama and the Democrats just kill ya!)
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To: Ron Jeremy

“Would you have kicked William F Buckley or Milton Friedman off of this site?”

Remember, they spent most of their careers in the pre-Moral Majority era. Before we voted for Ronald Regan to help us take back the country from the far left dirtbags.


178 posted on 02/04/2009 3:59:34 PM PST by NYCynic
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To: ledzep75

“OK, Papasmurf, Don’t you know that Smurfs are communists!”

You don’t believe in morality?


179 posted on 02/04/2009 4:00:57 PM PST by NYCynic
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To: ravensandricks
"So, conservatives don’t/can’t smoke weed? Guess that memo never made its way to me."

Generally, conservatives possess the morals to know right from wrong. Obviously, there are quite a few who don't. More than I realized at least.

"Anyway, a college-age kid is blowing bong hits. Stop the presses."

You're right. We've fallen so far as a nation that the only story that will "stop the presses" at this point is one about a college-age kid who doesn't use drugs.

It looks like doing the right thing and living your life morally gets you branded as a freak in 21st century America.

180 posted on 02/04/2009 4:05:32 PM PST by NYCynic
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To: NYCynic

Can you explain why smoking pot is “wrong”? Is drinking beer and/or scotch also “wrong”? If not, why not?


181 posted on 02/09/2009 6:53:57 AM PST by ravensandricks (Jesus rides beside me. He never buys any smokes.)
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