Michael, They Don't Call It "Dope" For Nothing

Michael Phelps gets caught smoking dope


Michael, They Don’t Call It “Dope” For Nothing

Did he really think no one was watching?

-The Bettys

Michael PhelpsOh, Michael, we are so disappointed in you. Yes, we know that after your years of training and your tremendous accomplishments, you just wanted to hang out for a while. We have heard before that since your Olympic triumph you have been partying heartily all over the place. But didn’t you realize that everyone had their eyes and their camera phone trained on you just trying to catch you not looking your gold-medal best?

Yes, someone snapped a photo of Super Swimmer last November at a house party at the University of South Carolina. Michael, onlookers say, had been chugging beers and knocking back shots all night. Not a problem. But there was a photo taken of Michael, head down, inhaling deeply from a bong. What a dope!

Michael Phelps bongThe photo ended up in a British tabloid called the News of the World, which is not averse to paying big money for big scandals. Wonder who took the photo and how much he or she got paid? When Michael’s agent heard that the paper was putting the picture on its front page, he went ballistic. Think of the millions of dollars in commercial endorsements that could be in jeopardy. It’s been reported that Michael’s handlers even offered the Sunday tabloid all sorts of deals to keep the story out of the paper. No luck. You can’t exactly make deals with British tabloids to suppress stories that will be big news everywhere. By the way, the News of the World’s affectionate nickname in England is “Screws of the World.” No doubt, they enjoyed screwing up the image of an American hero.

At least Michael isn’t pretending he was using the bong for anything other than the reasons most partygoers use a bong. He has issued an apology. “I engaged in behavior which was regrettable and demonstrated bad judgment,” he said in a statement on Sunday. “I’m 23 years old, and despite the successes I have had in the pool, I acted in a youthful and inappropriate way, not in a manner that people have come to expect from me. For this, I am sorry. I promise my fans and the public–it will not happen again.”

Will the public–and his sponsors–give him another chance? Possibly. But, boy, we wouldn’t want to be Michael when he gets home to Baltimore. His mom, remember, is a school principal. Can you just imagine what she is going to say?

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0 thoughts on “Michael, They Don't Call It "Dope" For Nothing

  1. In 2004 he pled guilty to DUI and was sentenced to 18 months’ probation. I’m not as sure as the writer of this piece that his drinking is “[n]ot a problem.”

  2. Drinking is definitely more detrimental than smoking a little pot. I tend to think he’ll grow out of both though. Once he starts having to swim through hangovers and notices his lung capacity is going down I’m sure he’ll make some changes.

  3. I guess you can make the case that he’s young and letting off a little steam after his pressure-filled year to get gold at the Olympics. However, what Michael Phelps and Tom Daschle both need to learn is: you trip up, screw up or get caught on camera–or by the IRS! Guess what. As a public figure, you’re going to get nailed for any indiscretions.

  4. Hopefully he won’t get caught up in a dope-smoking lifestyle. It’s a slippery slope.

    I can imagine how angry his mother will be/is. I guarantee her students won’t let her live that down.

  5. I think everyone does some things they’d rather forget about, the good news for most of us is that it’s not caught on film and splashed on the tabloids. Normal people however are putting more and more of their lives up on myspace and facebook and are going to be getting in more trouble… something to think about who ever you are, when ever you’re doing something maybe you shouldn’t.

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