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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: CaribouCrossing

I don’t “damn” him at all. But I am embarrassed by his actions. He is no longer worthy of being an American Olympian, IMO.

BTW, it appears that this wasn’t his first “tryout”, either. LOL


51 posted on 01/31/2009 3:44:45 PM PST by papasmurf (Impeach the illegal bastard!)
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To: LucyJo

Busted! Another big time sports “hero” gets caught in the act...


52 posted on 01/31/2009 3:45:04 PM PST by yield 2 the right
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To: Hildy

Actually, it has been the serial affairs with confirmed low-lifes and hookers that has tarnished his star. He is a young thrill seeker who is not smart enough to realize he is ruining his image.

He’s disgusting.


53 posted on 01/31/2009 3:45:46 PM PST by BunnySlippers
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To: Richard Kimball

That’s for sure. He’s going to really regret making such an error in judgement.


54 posted on 01/31/2009 3:47:32 PM PST by CaribouCrossing
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To: trisham
That picture does not look like him-the jaw is not long enough. Given that this story is out of a UK paper, the 2012 Olympics are in London and Phelps is scheduled to compete, I am holding my judgment on this story.
55 posted on 01/31/2009 3:49:42 PM PST by Tarheel ( Dogs have owners, Cats have staff)
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To: LucyJo
How very sad in so very many ways.

Why? I say good for him.

56 posted on 01/31/2009 3:52:48 PM PST by Ron Jeremy (sonic)
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To: april15Bendovr
If he continues to promote the lifestyle of a pothead they should take his gold medals away.

How is he promoting it because some jerk snapped a pic with his phone and sold it to the media?

Why take his medals away? Was there a stipulation before the olympics that you forever had to refrain from breaking silly laws the rest of your life?

57 posted on 01/31/2009 3:54:56 PM PST by Ron Jeremy (sonic)
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To: truthandlife
Now that it is over and he has all this idle time he has nothing to accomplish.

Like most people he has probably smoked an occasionaly joint since high school, but will go on Oprah and play it up as "poor him" after he won those golds.

58 posted on 01/31/2009 3:56:34 PM PST by Ron Jeremy (sonic)
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To: papasmurf
BTW, this IS a Conservative forum, ya’ know. The Bong crowd is down the hall to the left, says “DU” on the door.

Would you have kicked William F Buckley or Milton Friedman off of this site? True conservatives as they were, they did not when you using the government to enforce your moral whims on free people.

59 posted on 01/31/2009 3:57:47 PM PST by Ron Jeremy (sonic)
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To: BunnySlippers
Actually, it has been the serial affairs with confirmed low-lifes and hookers that has tarnished his star. He is a young thrill seeker who is not smart enough to realize he is ruining his image. He’s disgusting.

Sounds like you are jealous.

60 posted on 01/31/2009 3:58:58 PM PST by Ron Jeremy (sonic)
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To: Tarheel
That picture does not look like him-the jaw is not long enough. Given that this story is out of a UK paper, the 2012 Olympics are in London and Phelps is scheduled to compete, I am holding my judgment on this story.

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You're absolutely right about the jaw. Phelps has an unusually large/long jaw. It's way too easy to manipulate photos these days for me to accept this very quickly.

61 posted on 01/31/2009 3:59:52 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: LucyJo

After all this time, the media finally got him.


62 posted on 01/31/2009 4:01:48 PM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: papasmurf
BTW, this IS a Conservative forum, ya’ know. The Bong crowd is down the hall to the left, says “DU” on the door.

OK, Papasmurf, Don't you know that Smurfs are communists!

63 posted on 01/31/2009 4:02:13 PM PST by ledzep75
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To: LucyJo
How very sad in so very many ways.

How very melodramatic, in so many ways. P

64 posted on 01/31/2009 4:02:20 PM PST by Minn (Here is a realistic picture of the prophet: ----> ([: {()
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To: Ron Jeremy

Me, a female, jealous of a male chasing hookers? You reveal too much about yourself.

Ick!


65 posted on 01/31/2009 4:04:22 PM PST by BunnySlippers
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To: ledzep75

Shhh! I’m undercover.


66 posted on 01/31/2009 4:05:13 PM PST by papasmurf (Impeach the illegal bastard!)
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To: LucyJo

Big Woup


67 posted on 01/31/2009 4:05:47 PM PST by MilspecRob (Most people don't act stupid, they really are.)
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To: LucyJo
How very sad in so very many ways.

Not really. What's sad is the failed war on pot.
68 posted on 01/31/2009 4:06:44 PM PST by mysterio
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To: mysterio

too much money and too much time on his hands.


69 posted on 01/31/2009 4:08:41 PM PST by MissDairyGoodnessVT (Off Hunting------- for the COLB)
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To: Ron Jeremy

“Would you have kicked William F Buckley or Milton Friedman off of this site? True conservatives as they were, they did not when you using the government to enforce your moral whims on free people.”

Dear Mr. Jeremy,

I see your recent weight gain has put a damper on your, uh, film career. Too bad.

Best of luck in your new one as Bong tester.

Sinc.

papasmurf.

P.S. I would respond to your post, except I can’t decipher it.


70 posted on 01/31/2009 4:08:45 PM PST by papasmurf (Impeach the illegal bastard!)
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To: Ron Jeremy
will go on Oprah and play it up as "poor him" after he won those golds.

Why? If I were him, I would go on Oprah, say "so what?"
71 posted on 01/31/2009 4:08:52 PM PST by mysterio
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To: LucyJo

Few people can handle fame and the temptations it brings.


72 posted on 01/31/2009 4:12:50 PM PST by Canticle_of_Deborah
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To: LucyJo

When pressed for a comment, Phelps slowly asked for a burrito.


73 posted on 01/31/2009 4:13:03 PM PST by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: Tax-chick
Michael Phelps means nothing to me, and if he wants to use marijuana, oh well. Stupid is as stupid does.

But still, can you imagine how far he could have gotten as a competitive swimmer if he just hadn't smoked marijuana?

74 posted on 01/31/2009 4:13:46 PM PST by Doe Eyes
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To: Minn

I think that probably depends on the values and perspectives held by the observer.


75 posted on 01/31/2009 4:14:43 PM PST by LucyJo
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To: papasmurf

Olympic athletes display athleticism, which includes hard work, desire, determination, sportsmanship. Anything else good is a bonus. I certainly don’t wish my children to emulate any of them outside of the sport. I’d much rather my children look to their maternal grandparents and to us, their parents, as their role models.

Phelps is an awesome athlete, swimmer. It seems that the person who took the picture or presented the picture as real, as well as the person who wrote the article, is trying to make something off of Phelps and his popularity.


76 posted on 01/31/2009 4:15:58 PM PST by Twink
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To: LucyJo

Well, it is a performance drug, man! It explains everything, man!


77 posted on 01/31/2009 4:16:17 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: SIDENET

rofl...

I’m surprised by the numbers here who are upset, and who were trying to hold this young man up as perfection. He’s a kid, kids do dumb things. As for conservatism and marijuana, how is the “war on drugs” conservative? That has been one of the biggest reasons for the growth of government and it’s excess of abuse.

Do people really believe Olympic athletes are pure, or are supposed to be? They’re athletes, that’s all.


78 posted on 01/31/2009 4:20:41 PM PST by kenth (I got the brain cloudy blues.)
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To: LucyJo

And you may see me tonight with an illegal smile
It don't cost very much, but it lasts a long while
Won't you please tell the man I didn't kill anyone
No I'm just tryin' to have me some fun

79 posted on 01/31/2009 4:20:42 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: LucyJo
Holy smoke, Lucy, the boy lit it up in the pool!


80 posted on 01/31/2009 4:22:06 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Doe Eyes

Further than winning 8 Olympic Gold Medals this past Olympics?

I don’t smoke pot but seriously it’s not like he’s been caught doing any performance enhancing drugs.


81 posted on 01/31/2009 4:27:11 PM PST by Twink
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To: papasmurf

Relax! this is not WWIII if Phelps smokes marijuana, even if it would be him in the picture and it is questionable behavior for a role model for youth.

This is a conservative forum but there IS room for discussion of marijuanna laws, and differences of opinions about use by adults,.etc.

Go ahead now and offer a brilliant reply about my screen name.


82 posted on 01/31/2009 4:27:40 PM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (FREE BLAGO !!! LET HIM SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER !!!)
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To: kenth
I think he will probably end up hosing his image which will hurt him down the road for endorsements, etc.

However, I just can't get too wound up over the guy toking up or chasing slutty chicks. Doesn't sound too bad to me!

83 posted on 01/31/2009 4:28:10 PM PST by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: papasmurf

So, conservatives don’t/can’t smoke weed? Guess that memo never made its way to me.

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


84 posted on 01/31/2009 4:34:36 PM PST by ravensandricks (Jesus rides beside me. He never buys any smokes.)
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To: All

As a Marylander I can only say that my wife and I saw this coming.

He’s a super athlete, but if you’ve ever seen him interviewed, the kid is a dolt. There’s not alot upstairs. Notice on all of his enorsements that he rarely even says one sentence in the commercial. (There’s a reason for that)

My first tip off was when I saw him at Ravens games wearing his hat like a Baltimore street thug gang banger. That was not what I wanted my 12yr old son seeing and I advised him at that point to not look up to this Olympic “hero”.


85 posted on 01/31/2009 4:36:58 PM PST by rbmillerjr (Colin Powell types begged for McCain moderates and then voted Democrat.)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

I’m not in need of relaxation. I’M NOT! LOL

All I’m saying is, give peace a chan...oh, wrong room.

Really, I don’t give a shoot if he hits a bong, that’s his business.

That he stood on a podium draped in our flag and now his picture plastered across the world with his lips wrapped around a public bong, cause’s me embarrassment. Yeah, it does.

Obviously, I take the seriousness of the Olympics, and all of it’s meanings and implications, to heart. I’m sorry so many don’t.

Now then, about that scream name...maybe a little more recovery is still needed? LOL


86 posted on 01/31/2009 4:38:05 PM PST by papasmurf (Impeach the illegal bastard!)
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To: LucyJo

Who cares? If everyone in America who ever hit a bong disappeared today the population would be 1/3 of what it was yesterday.


87 posted on 01/31/2009 4:39:34 PM PST by ExpatGator (Extending logic since 1961.)
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To: ravensandricks

You’re reading way too much into what I posted. Try it again when you you come down.


88 posted on 01/31/2009 4:41:14 PM PST by papasmurf (Impeach the illegal bastard!)
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To: papasmurf

I think your comment was to the effect that the bong room was on the left, with “DU” on the door.

No hassles, friend. Just tweaking you a bit.


89 posted on 01/31/2009 4:55:59 PM PST by ravensandricks (Jesus rides beside me. He never buys any smokes.)
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To: ravensandricks

“No hassles, friend. Just tweaking you a bit.”

This is the most fun I’ve had all week! Thanks for your donation. LOL


90 posted on 01/31/2009 5:00:13 PM PST by papasmurf (Impeach the illegal bastard!)
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To: Doe Eyes
imagine how far he could have gotten as a competitive swimmer if he just hadn't smoked marijuana

Isn't winning more in the Olympics than anyone ever has far enough?

91 posted on 01/31/2009 5:09:50 PM PST by Tax-chick (I will not be silenced.)
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To: Ron Jeremy

Notice the brain being fried?

92 posted on 01/31/2009 5:23:06 PM PST by april15Bendovr (Free Republic & Ron Paul Cult = oxymoron)
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To: kenth

~ “I’m surprised by the numbers here who are upset, and who were trying to hold this young man up as perfection.” ~

I can’t speak for anyone except myself. There is a difference between being upset and feeling a sense of sadness about the path a young man has chosen. There is a difference between holding a young man up as perfection and wishing for him to make better choices for his own sake, and for the sake of those who might be influenced by him.


93 posted on 01/31/2009 5:30:41 PM PST by LucyJo
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To: april15Bendovr
Somebody got a sneak photo of him taking a hit off a bong and all the sudden it's "... if he continues to promote the lifestyle of a pothead ..."??

Here's the deal. The guy is a monster swimmer. You really think he never smoked a little recreational dope all those years of discipline and drive and strength and devotion it took him to become a monster swimmer? Has it occurred to you that pot is a vastly overrated peril?

Do you actually believe that an individual who does "recreational" crystal meth or cocaine or vicodin or any other psycho drug, could even become an Olympic swimmer? Or perhaps you've never known such people?

Obviously, recreational pot interferes about as much as recreational booze with an athletes' ability, character, and performance. As for "promoting the lifestyle," that is hardly justified. There's a lot to be said for the Christian practice of "Live and let live."

94 posted on 01/31/2009 5:31:44 PM PST by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent.)
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To: LucyJo
Who cares what Phelps does with his private life? Obama is a chain smoker. Phelps is a bong smoker. I support each man's right to what smoke they choose to out into their lungs. It sure áint my business. I'm glad these were made public...perhaps it will help lead to the end of the absurd inclusion of pot among the group of felony drugs.

By the way, I do not smoke either pot or cigs. This is a rights issue to me.

95 posted on 01/31/2009 5:34:21 PM PST by montag813 (www.FreepShop.com)
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To: abigailsmybaby

Me either! He must of told someone he’s a Republican? That’s the only reason I can think of where they would want to try to smear him.


96 posted on 01/31/2009 5:35:17 PM PST by Fawn ("I'm from the Government and I'm here to help you". RR)
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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.

Someone who can do bong hits and still wipe the floor with every swimmer in the world is just unreal.

97 posted on 01/31/2009 5:35:43 PM PST by montag813 (www.FreepShop.com)
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To: phatus maximus
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?

Amen. It appears we have a lot of purse-lipped Church Ladies in America, but then, we always have, though in the old days they were more likely sipping laudenum. By the way, I love your tagline. Just looked it up. Thank you. (John 6:29: Learn it, love it, live it.)

98 posted on 01/31/2009 5:43:08 PM PST by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent.)
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To: GRRRRR
Is that the same watch? Leather band??

Awwwwwww ... man ... BUSTED!

99 posted on 01/31/2009 5:45:13 PM PST by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent.)
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To: ExpatGator

You may be right about that. I care because I lived through the ‘counterculture revolution’ and I’ve watched the changes for the worse that occurred in the lives of individuals, and in the life of our nation, as a result.


100 posted on 01/31/2009 5:46:08 PM PST by LucyJo
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