Skip to comments.Key sponsors Speedo, Omega back Michael Phelps after apology for marijuana pipe photo
Posted on 02/03/2009 4:19:16 PM PST by Wolfie
Key sponsors Speedo, Omega back Michael Phelps after apology for marijuana pipe photo
Two of Michael Phelps' leading sponsors expressed support for the Olympic great Monday, a day after he apologized for being photographed in a British newspaper inhaling from a marijuana pipe. Luxury Swiss watchmaker Omega termed Phelps' actions a private matter and "nonissue." Swim wear manufacturer Speedo called the 23-year-old American a "valued member of the Speedo team."
Phelps acknowledged "regrettable" behavior and "bad judgment" after the photo appeared Sunday in the tabloid News of the World.
Speedo gave Phelps a $1 million bonus for his record eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics. Phelps joined Speedo in 2001, a year after making his Olympic debut in Sydney. He dominated the Beijing Games in the company's high-tech LZR Racer suit.
"In light of Michael Phelps' statement yesterday, Speedo would like to make it clear that it does not condone such behavior and we know that Michael truly regrets his actions," Speedo, which is based in Nottingham, said in a statement to The Associated Press.
Related links PHELPS Photo "Michael Phelps is a valued member of the Speedo team and a great champion. We will do all that we can to support him and his family."
Omega said it was "strongly committed" to its relationship with Phelps, calling his Beijing accomplishments "among the defining sporting achievements in the history of sport."
"The current story in the press involves Michael Phelps' private life and is, as far as Omega is concerned, a nonissue," the company said.
The News of the World said the picture was taken during a November house party while Phelps was visiting the University of South Carolina. Under World Anti-Doping Agency rules, an athlete is subject to sanctions only for a positive test during competition periods.
"Michael Phelps is a great Olympic champion," the International Olympic Committee said in a statement to the AP. "He apologized for his inappropriate behavior. We have no reason to doubt his sincerity and his commitment to continue to act as a role model."
Whew. I guess it’s still ok to smoke dope and wear my banana-hammock.
If I were him I would clean up my act real fast.
LOL. Thank God for small miracles huh?
President Obama smokes weed, it’s all cool man.
A 23 year old guy does and it’s all hysterical.
I was a competitive swimmer way back when. Let me tell you, we all got high as a kite very often. This is in Michigan.
Think about it—swimming literally miles at a time, it is almost Zen like, paddling and turning, and paddling and turning. You are alone, but next to guys (and gals), in a trance-like state as you do mile after mile. What do you think about, what do you do to while away the time as hours pile by?
Yup, we all got high. In High school, on our state winning team, at least half of us got high all the time. We set records.
Of the top 6 of us or so that were the best, all of us got high regularly. Heck, we smoked doobies in the morning, at lunch break, and right before practice. And usually after.
And most of us could swim underwater for 75 yards without a breath.
We also “corrupted” other swimmers by introducing them to the fine doobie ville.
Today? I am a VP developing medical devices for a living. And at least half of the folks I deal with have done pot at one time or another. Including a bunch of gov’t folks. I could name CEO’s of multiple companies that get high regularly. And their science is perfect, and you take their medicines and use their products every day. Including pacemakers, stents, valve replacement systems, heart pumps, and too many to name.
And I can still swim underwater far longer than you can.
It’s the alcoholics that you have to worry about.
I hope he can clean up his act, he has been smoking if for a few years, he has been forgiven this time but he won’t the second.....
To quote Andrew Stuttaford:
In the meantime, I merely note that this broken wreck of a man’s failure to win any more than a pathetic fourteen Olympic gold medals (so far) is a terrifying warning of the horrific damage that cannabis can do to someone’s healthand a powerful reminder of just how sensible the drug laws really are.
What other drugs has Michael Phelps used ?
Alcohol for sure.
He has severe ADD (as his mother said swimming was his saving grace). A lot people with this disorder do turn to pot later in life.
There are other kids out here who are watching this and thinking they can get away with it, too.
Today? I am a VP developing medical devices for a living. And at least half of the folks I deal with have done pot at one time or another.
And then there's the counter-examples:
(Well, actually Cheech pulled out of things OK. Tommy, though....)
Including a bunch of govt folks.
That would explain a lot...
I could name CEOs of multiple companies that get high regularly.
And I could point out about 4 people I saw here in the Silicon Valley that went from being sharp, highly knowledgeable PhD-level engineers to being pot-addicted garden gnomes.
I've done lots of swimming, too - I swam Alcatraz, and that involves spending a hell of a lot of time at the pool. It's true that it's a surreal existence (especially the 50 meter pool at night), but I never felt the urge to light up some mary jane. Hell - I'm hungry enough after a long session in the pool!
I'm of the opposite opinion - I've seen a lot of productive alcoholics, but a lot of brain-dead potheads. Neither is a behavior worth bragging about.
Disgusting. And I’m sure he’ll continue to get a pass for all future bad behavior. The excuse I keep hearing is that “most people” do it. No way. I haven’t. My husband hasn’t. I imagine most conervatives and Christians have it, and we are in the majority in this country.
osama obama also snorted cocaine...not a problem for liberals.
“There are other kids out here who are watching this and thinking they can get away with it, too.”
It’s more like they are laughing at Phelps because he got caught. Dope smokers are everywhere.
So I should tell my soon-to-be 20 year old daughter that the reason she’s not swimming fast like the other kids on her team is because she refuses to smoke dope with them.
Uhhhhh, I don’t think so.
This story sure has generated a buzz.
I am so tired of the “it hasn’t hurt me” attitude. How do you KNOW it hasn’t hurt you? Does every one of your friends agree? Does your family? The trouble with any drug that removes a part of your self from reality is that IT REMOVES A PART OF YOUR SELF FROM REALITY.
Don’t give me any bu!!$h1t examples about people who function while enjoying an occasional reefer. I agree 100% with people who call dope a gateway drug....it is a gateway to wrecked marriages, irresponsible parenting, and worthless citizenry. I bet Captain Sully doesn’t smoke dope!
I was too and the first and only time I smoked dope (before I entered the Army) was when I took a trip to Lansing with a couple of my high school swim team mates to play water polo at Michigan State.........That turned out to be a real joke....LOL!
I'd venture to guess that you have not tried Founders Brewing's products from your state, or you wouldn't be picking on us drinkers!
I think Phelp's sponsors only signed contracts with him because they wanted the youth appeal. A guy who's in middle age like me is not much influenced by endorsements, anyway.
They're smart enough to know that if they dumped him over this, they would lose a lot of credibility with the younger folks they expect to attract by having signed Phelps in the first place.
You're lucky: In Miami, it's cocaine.
Personally, I do not care if he smokes or not, I would hate to see him fall. I do not know what kind of education he received but I think swimming has been his life and is his future.
Bayer aspirin but I only heard that from another drug crazed druggie.........so its not a reliable source.
You're absolutely right! The only logical solution is to strip away all his olympic medals, force him to refund all his endorsement monies then revoke his swimming scholarship to U of M............
That should teach that drug crazed kid a lesson or two and make your world even more perfect..........
You "compassionate" conservatives live in a tough neighborhood.............
I'd give you a list of names but I doubt you would recognize any of them.........
Just curious, how did you feel the first time you ever smoked marijuana?
He will have plenty of time to think about it in prison!
With luck he will get enough time that he will miss the next Olympics.
You’re human garbage!
Looks like me and you are in the same boat, FRiend. I'm a mechanical and nuclear engineer about to celebrate 10 years of regular smoking. 'Celebrate' because I love to rub the lazy doper stereotype in doubters' faces after I blow them away with my work.
Nobody even believes that I smoke until I show them the greens. Everyone thinks I'm joking because EVERYONE knows 'pot makes you stupid'. Even better is when someone tries to rat me out and nobody believes them :)
And yes, I also know other extremely successful and influential people that think nothing of lighting one up. Engineers, mathematicians, chemists and business owners just to name a few.
Are you saying Sarah Palin still smokes? Just about everybody has tried it in college. The discussion here is about current users who make the delusional claim that their “occasional” use causes no damage. Stick to the topic.
Don’t you see that your point is EXACTLY what this discussion is about. Delude yourself into thinking your drug use doesn’t affect anyone...delude yourself into thinking homosexuality is completely natural..delude yourself into thinking a fetus is not a baby.....
It’s not cool to take life as a divine gift to be celebrated and enjoyed in the most dignified way. It’s cool to believe that just because your actions are couched in success that there is no damage being done to your loved ones, your children, or your country.
No one has accountability any more. Not Bill Clinton. Not Tom Daschle. Not Michael Phelps. Especially not the drug adled engineer who could still do math problems but can’t see that his teenage kid is suffering from lack of mature guidance and insight.
BTW whether it’s half the cops in Miami or 3/4 of the engineers at Michigan State or 97% of the housewives in Denmark who smoke dope.... doesn’t prove it’s harmless.
Obama won the election...we are learning everyday that THAT majority was wrong also.
Personally I could care less if people smoked dope if it was legal.
But considering what is happening in Mexico and elsewhere I can’t consider it a harmless little habit. People are getting murdered, kidnapped, and raped because of people supplying that little habit.
He's 23 years old and spent the last four-eight years competing and being drug tested. He didn't have the opportunity to "try it in college".
So sorry that he might be trying to be a little more normal for awhile.
Yeah, so many kids who would never have imagined smoking pot until Michael Phelps does it. Yeah, right.
That’s a function of the black market. Just ask Al Capone.
Imam dalereed wants to put everyone who isn’t dalereed in prison. Kind of a fetish of his.
Don't sugar coat it. Tell us what you really think.
Obviously I have never smoked marijuana. Did you read my post?