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14-times Olympic gold medal winner Michael Phelps caught with cannabis pipe

  1. cannabis-sam
    14-times Olympic gold medal winner Michael Phelps caught with cannabis pipe

    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.

    It was on November 6, weeks after his Beijing triumph, that 23-year-old Phelps surprised students at the University Of South Carolina in Columbia by showing up unannounced at a house party.

    He was visiting Jordan Matthews, a girl he was secretly seeing who was a student there.

    Our source revealed: “Michael came to visit Jordan but ended up just getting wasted every night.

    LEGEND: Swimming giant Phelps on cover of Sports Illustrated mag

    “He arrived with a group of girls hanging all over him. Jaws hit the floor when he walked in. You don’t get many celebrities in Columbia, so when Phelps comes to your party it’s a very big deal.
    Obnoxious

    “He didn’t know many people so you’d think he’d be a little shy. But he was loud, obnoxious and slamming beers from the get-go.

    “Every girl wanted a piece of him and every guy wanted to be his best buddy. He couldn’t get enough of all the attention.”

    As he basked in his hero status, Phelps knocked back beers and shots of spirits. And when a student offered him the glass bong engraved with red writing, he did not hesitate, says our source.

    The 6ft 4ins athlete, in a white T-shirt and navy cap worn back to front, clasped the device in his huge hands and inhaled deeply.

    Our source said: “You could tell Michael had smoked before. He grabbed the bong and a lighter and knew exactly what to do.

    “He looked just as natural with a bong in his hands as he does swimming in the pool. He was the gold medal winner of bong hits. Michael ended up getting a little paranoid, though, because before too long he looked like he was nervous and ran out of the place.”

    BIT OF A SUCKER: Olympic ace Michael Phelps inhales from bong

    Click here for a larger image of Michael Phelps smoking a cannabis pipe

    But the next night, Phelps was out partying again. The source added: “He was right back at it at Pavlov’s bar.

    “Like the night before he was holding court, throwing back shots two at a time and pouring drinks to every cute girl.”

    Drink has got Phelps into trouble before. In 2004, aged 19, he got 18 months probation for driving while under the influence.

    His wild behaviour is in stark contrast to the grim regime which took him to the top of his sport.

    He once described his life, saying: “All you do is eat, sleep, swim; eat, sleep, swim; eat, sleep, swim.”

    Last night Phelps’ management team and the sporting world closed ranks over the scandal.
    Taint

    The US Olympics Committee, who have pledged to clamp down on drug use, refused to comment, as did USA Swimming and Phelps’ coach Bob Bowman.

    More surprising still was the World Anti-Doping Agency’s refusal to comment, given that they introduced the four-year ban on sport’s drug users.

    Phelps, who earned £4million last year in endorsements, has resumed training for the 2012 games.

    But there were fears about his commitment when, weeks after the bong incident, he began dating former stripper Caroline Pal.

    Phelps is represented by marketing giant Octagon, which works with huge brands such as Mastercard and HSBC. They admitted proven cannabis use would be “a major taint” on Phelps’ character.

    Spokesman Clifford Bloxham offered us an extraordinary deal not to publish our story, saying Phelps would become our columnist for three years, host events and get his sponsors to advertise with us.

    In return, he asked that we kill Phelps’ bong picture. Bloxham said: “It’s seeing if something potentially very negative for Michael could turn into something very positive for the News of the World.”

    He stressed that the swimmer had taken 1,500 drug tests and never failed one.

    Until now?

    By Georgina Dickinson, 01/02/2009
    http://www.newsoftheworld.co.uk/new...with-bong-cannabis-pipe.html?postingId=152020

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  1. lulz
    Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps caught smoking a bong

    14-times Olympic gold medal winner Michael Phelps caught with cannabis pipe


    [​IMG]

    By Georgina Dickinson, 01/02/2009

    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.

    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.

    It was on November 6, weeks after his Beijing triumph, that 23-year-old Phelps surprised students at the University Of South Carolina in Columbia by showing up unannounced at a house party.

    He was visiting Jordan Matthews, a girl he was secretly seeing who was a student there.

    Our source revealed: “Michael came to visit Jordan but ended up just getting wasted every night.

    “He arrived with a group of girls hanging all over him. Jaws hit the floor when he walked in. You don’t get many celebrities in Columbia, so when Phelps comes to your party it’s a very big deal.
    Obnoxious

    “He didn’t know many people so you’d think he’d be a little shy. But he was loud, obnoxious and slamming beers from the get-go.

    “Every girl wanted a piece of him and every guy wanted to be his best buddy. He couldn’t get enough of all the attention.”

    As he basked in his hero status, Phelps knocked back beers and shots of spirits. And when a student offered him the glass bong engraved with red writing, he did not hesitate, says our source.

    The 6ft 4ins athlete, in a white T-shirt and navy cap worn back to front, clasped the device in his huge hands and inhaled deeply.

    Our source said: “You could tell Michael had smoked before. He grabbed the bong and a lighter and knew exactly what to do.

    “He looked just as natural with a bong in his hands as he does swimming in the pool. He was the gold medal winner of bong hits. Michael ended up getting a little paranoid, though, because before too long he looked like he was nervous and ran out of the place.”

    Click here for a larger image of Michael Phelps smoking a cannabis pipe

    But the next night, Phelps was out partying again. The source added: “He was right back at it at Pavlov’s bar.

    “Like the night before he was holding court, throwing back shots two at a time and pouring drinks to every cute girl.”

    Drink has got Phelps into trouble before. In 2004, aged 19, he got 18 months probation for driving while under the influence.

    His wild behaviour is in stark contrast to the grim regime which took him to the top of his sport.

    He once described his life, saying: “All you do is eat, sleep, swim; eat, sleep, swim; eat, sleep, swim.”

    Last night Phelps’ management team and the sporting world closed ranks over the scandal.
    Taint

    The US Olympics Committee, who have pledged to clamp down on drug use, refused to comment, as did USA Swimming and Phelps’ coach Bob Bowman.

    More surprising still was the World Anti-Doping Agency’s refusal to comment, given that they introduced the four-year ban on sport’s drug users.

    Phelps, who earned £4million last year in endorsements, has resumed training for the 2012 games.

    But there were fears about his commitment when, weeks after the bong incident, he began dating former stripper Caroline Pal.

    Phelps is represented by marketing giant Octagon, which works with huge brands such as Mastercard and HSBC. They admitted proven cannabis use would be “a major taint” on Phelps’ character.

    Spokesman Clifford Bloxham offered us an extraordinary deal not to publish our story, saying Phelps would become our columnist for three years, host events and get his sponsors to advertise with us.

    In return, he asked that we kill Phelps’ bong picture. Bloxham said: “It’s seeing if something potentially very negative for Michael could turn into something very positive for the News of the World.”

    He stressed that the swimmer had taken 1,500 drug tests and never failed one.

    Until now?


    http://www.newsoftheworld.co.uk/new...el-Phelps-caught-with-bong-cannabis-pipe.html
  2. cigol
    Phelps can take huge snaps with a lung capacity like his.

    +1 for the roor
  3. leadcoffin
    I was so outraged when I heard! What the heck? Michael Phelps should be able to smoke pot. Just because he's a world-class athlete all of a sudden he can't have a good time? Or are they worried cannabis may make him a better swimmer?
  4. cannabis-sam
    Oh and obviously the fact he also got wasted on beer more harmful drug etc seems to slip the media's attention. If anything it would probably make him worse at swimming (not SWIMming) good on him I say.
  5. chillinwill
    Michael Phelps could face charges for pot picture

    COLUMBIA, S.C. — Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott says he will charge Michael Phelps with a crime if he determines the Olympics hero smoked marijuana in Richland County.

    Phelps, who set a record with eight gold medals in the 2008 Summer Olympics, was photographed smoking a marijuana pipe at a November party in Columbia.The picture was published in the British newspaper News of the World. Phelps apologized Sunday, calling his behavior “inappropriate.”

    “This case is no different than any other case,” Lott said Monday. “This one might be a lot easier since we have photographs of someone using drugs and a partial confession. It’s a relatively easy case once we can determine where the crime occurred.”

    Possession of marijuana is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in jail or a $570 fine, plus court costs.

    But Lott seems to be the only person talking about making a case against Phelps. Both the University of South Carolina and Columbia Police Departments said they would not pursue charges.

    It was unclear Monday where the party took place, including whether it was on campus.

    Meanwhile, on Monday, Phelps’ sponsors — from apparel company Speedo to luxury Swiss watchmaker Omega — issued statements calling the incident a “nonissue.” The International Olympic Committee accepted his apology.

    “We have no reason to doubt his sincerity and his commitment to continue to act as a role model,” the IOC said in a statement.

    At the University of South Carolina, where Phelps was visiting when the picture was taken, the mood was largely “who cares?”

    “It’s not a surprise,” said India Jones, a sophomore biology major. “He’s young, and he is human. They’ll probably let him off easy because he owned up to it.”

    This isn’t the first time Phelps has been in trouble following a gold medal performance. In 2004, fresh off his wins in the Athens Olympics, he pleaded guilty to drunk driving in Maryland.

    Forgiveness of Phelps could be attributed to how he handled both situations — admitting up front he did it and apologizing, said Matt Brown, associate professor for sport and entertainment management at the University of South Carolina.

    “America is a forgiving society, and he came out and apologized immediately,” Brown said. “I think as long as we don’t see more pictures coming out and more things coming out that he’s been doing this consistently, he’ll be OK.”

    It also helps that many see Phelps as a nice guy. When he was in Columbia, he took time to speak to a class on sports’ role in society.

    “It was amazing how gracious and how humble and just how helpful he tried to be,” said Sid Kenyon, a South Carolina adjunct professor who taught the class. “I can’t tell you how impressed I was with his mannerism and just how willing he was to help and do anything that we asked him.”

    The Phelps story broke not in a sports magazine, but in a celebrity newspaper. Sports and entertainment journalism have been merging for years, Brown said, never more so than in the Olympics, which attracts a wider audience — including the kind of people who watch celebrity news on “Entertainment Tonight.”

    “It becomes much more of an entertainment event than a sports event,” he said.

    By Adam Beam
    McClatchy Newspapers
    Monday, February 02, 2009
    http://www.ajc.com/sports/content/sports/stories/2009/02/02/michael_phelps_pot.html
  6. Sven99
    Who says pot smokers will never achieve anything?:confused:

    Such a non-issue
  7. doggy_hat
    SWIM saw this on the news on TV. The reporter quoted some guy that called in and said "Why does it even matter. This should be proof that pot isn't bad for you. Prohibiton is a failed policy that needs to be ended." SWIM was so shocked. He's never once heard anything against prohibition on corporate news before(without being ruthlessly attack). And with people voting on Obama's website that ending pot prohibition was one of there top concerns, and the non-propaganda Marijuana Inc. documentary on CNBC, and the dispensaries in California, maybe pot actually will become legal? I never thought in a million years pot would be legalized, but lately it seems like anti-prohibition was been gaining tonnes of momentum.
  8. thebige
  9. lulz
    This might turn out to be a good thing for marijuana - the Washington Post is using the case as an example of why marijuana should be legal. It's just an opinion piece but still a good outcome.


    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dy.../02/03/AR2009020302645.html?hpid=opinionsbox1
  10. Nature Boy
    The News of the World article is completely ridiculous. Some random idiot's testament combined with a picture that shows a guy with a piece of plastic in his mouth. Hardly what you could call prosecutable evidence. I wonder how that Richmond County sheriff is planning on arresting Phelps. Does he have a time machine where he can go back to the scene of the crime? Do the doping authorities have a time machine that goes back to November so that they can drug test the alleged marijuana user?

    Storm in a teacup.
  11. runitsthepolice
    Agreed. Its fucking ridiculous, after all the crime is "possession of marijuana." In order to prove that someone possessed marijuana a sample must be taken from their possession that goes to a laboratory and tests positive for THC. A picture cannot prove that the person was in possession of marijuana, because even if it looks like marijuana (which isn't in the photograph, all you can see is the glass) there are plenty of green plants that burn when you smoke them (like uh... fresh fucking tobacco). It needs to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. There is no way that Phelps will get convicted.
  12. gregpphoto
    Finally, some positive representation for marijuana users. Just think, we could be telling our kids "Smoke weed and you too can be the greatest athlete of your sport of all time."

    gregpphoto added 1 Minutes and 17 Seconds later...

    And if anything, it's performance de-enhancement, as far as swimming goes. Imagine, he's taking a hit (NO pun intended lol) and still people can't beat him.
  13. cra$h
    He admitted it was him.

    In my brother's high school, when the pic was shown durring lunch (they got tv's in the cafeteria) everyone started clapping. Shows how "bad" blazing after becoming a world champion is.... and before the olympics, he got a DUI, and I think it was underage.
  14. chillinwill
    USA Swimming suspends Phelps for 3 months

    Michael Phelps was suspended from competition for three months by USA Swimming, the latest fallout from a photo that showed the Olympic great inhaling from a marijuana pipe.

    The sport’s national governing body also cut off its financial support to Phelps for the same three-month period, effective Thursday.

    “This is not a situation where any anti-doping rule was violated, but we decided to send a strong message to Michael because he disappointed so many people, particularly the hundreds of thousands of USA Swimming member kids who look up to him as a role model and a hero,” the Colorado Springs-based federation said in a statement.

    “Michael has voluntarily accepted this reprimand and has committed to earn back our trust.”

    Phelps won a record eight gold medals in Beijing and returned to America as one of the world’s most acclaimed athletes. Now he’s enduring a wave of bad news in the wake of the photo, published Sunday by News of the World, a British tabloid.

    Earlier Thursday, cereal and snack maker Kellogg Co. announced it wouldn’t renew its sponsorship contract with Phelps, saying his behavior is “not consistent with the image of Kellogg.” The swimmer appeared on the company’s cereal boxes after his Olympic triumph.

    “Michael’s been through a lot and he’s learned a lot, hopefully,” his coach, Bob Bowman, told The Associated Press during a telephone interview. “I support him and I want to see him do better. I’m here, as always, to try to help him move forward. He’s learned some tough lessons and he’s disappointed a lot of people, me included.”

    Phelps has acknowledged “regrettable” behavior and “bad judgment.” He didn’t dispute the authenticity of the photo, reportedly taken at a house party while Phelps was visiting Columbia, S.C., in November during an extended break from training.

    “I certainly understand USA Swimming needed to take action,” Bowman said. “We will certainly abide by everything they’ve put down.”

    The 23-year-old has resumed training in his hometown of Baltimore, but his plans to return to competitive swimming will have to be put on hold. Phelps had planned to compete in early March at a Grand Prix meet in Austin, Texas.

    Now, he won’t be able to compete until early May, which would give him a little more than two months for some racing before July’s world championships in Rome.

    “This is the result of a poor decision Michael made. He understands there is accountability and has pledged to not repeat this in the future,” U.S. Olympic Committee spokesman Darryl Seibel said in an e-mail. “We have offered our assistance to make certain he is as consistent and successful away from the pool as he is in it, and we are confident that will happen.”

    After the suspension, Phelps would be able to compete at a May meet in Charlotte, N.C., and there’s another Grand Prix competition in Santa Clara, Calif., the following month. The U.S. team for Rome will be chosen at the national championships, which begin July 7 in Indianapolis.

    “He’s been very good in practice,” Bowman said. “I think he feels good to be back in the water. Certainly, he’s not in very good shape.

    “We’re anxious to get back to a really normal routine and we have. We’re moving on.”

    Los Angeles sports writer Beth Harris also contributed to this report.

    By PAUL NEWBERRY
    AP National Writer
    February 5, 2009
    Yahoo! Sports
    http://sports.yahoo.com/top/news?slug=ap-phelpssuspended&prov=ap&type=lgns
  15. cra$h
    not in good shape? He just beat the world.....

    But atleast he got a slap on the wrist. Glad to see any sponsors didn't drop him yet.
  16. Rightnow289
    Phelps suspended over pot pipe

    The US swimmer Michael Phelps has been suspended from competition for three months after photographs were published appearing to show him smoking cannabis.


    [​IMG]


    USA Swimming, the sport's governing body in the US, said no "anti-doping rule" had been violated.
    But the federation said it wanted to send a strong message to Phelps because he had disappointed so many people.
    Phelps won eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics and has been feted as one of the world's greatest athletes.
    The 23-year-old was caught on camera inhaling from a type of glass pipe which can be used for smoking cannabis.

    [​IMG] [​IMG] Michael has voluntarily accepted this reprimand and has committed to earn back our trust [​IMG]


    USA Swimming

    The photo, which appeared in Britain's News of the World newspaper, was said to have been taken at a student party last November when Phelps was on a long break from training.
    The Olympic star has apologised for his "regrettable behaviour", but did not say whether he had taken drugs.
    USA Swimming said in a statement: "This is not a situation where any anti-doping rule was violated, but we decided to send a strong message to Michael because he disappointed so many people, particularly the thousands of USA Swimming member kids who look up to him as a role model and a hero.
    "Michael has voluntarily accepted this reprimand and has committed to earn back our trust."
    USA Swimming has cut off its financial support to Phelps for the same three-month period.
    Cereal and snack firm Kellogg has also reportedly said it will not renew a sponsorship contract with Phelps, on the grounds his behaviour is "not consistent with the image of Kellogg".

    Source - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7873669.stm
  17. lulz
  18. cannabis-sam
    In response to the article just posted, this is partly why cannabis has a bad name when famous people are caught instead of telling the truth and standing up for it they apologise and give the impression it's a bad thing and no one should do it, blah blah blah.

    If he said "look, I smoke cannabis whats the big deal? it's far less harmful than alcohol, it doesn't cause the social problems of alcohol, I work hard and I don't cheat at events whats the problem" attitudes might start changing.
  19. Sven99
    But if he did that he'd get alot worse than a slap on the wrist. The guy has to look out for his own interests and we do kinda have to respect that. While it would be wonderful if he came out and said 'yeah I did - so what?' he'd get hammered for it.
  20. runitsthepolice
    Fuck Kellogg. If cannabis smoking isn't in line with the image of Kellogg then they obviously don't want swim's business.
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