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Michael Phelps dives into his own kind of rehab
After landing in hot water, Michael Phelps is back in the pool. In his first interview since the photo of the toke that went round the world, he told the Associated Press, “It’s something I am going to have to live with and something I’ll have to grow from. I know with all of the mistakes I made, I learned from them and that is what I expect to do from this. By no means it is fun for me, by no means is it easy.”
Phelps is back in training. “I’m back to my routine, the thing I love, the thing I care about most,” he said. “To be able to get back in the water and get back to a normal schedule is what I am happy about most.”
Phelps is also back with his family, his mother and sisters. We can only imagine what his mom, a middle school principal, had to say about Michael’s publicized partying. Michael said, “Seeing my mom reminded me of how it was the day after I got my DUI, and I swore to myself I would never do that again.”
We’re sure it was not only seeing Mom but hearing from her that has made Michael so repentant. He admitted, “We’ve been talking a lot. I’ve been able to get back to my family. It’s part of my life I need back.”
Most fans have been supportive of the athlete. But a prime sponsor has cut him loose. Kellogg’s became the first major firm to ax his endorsement deal. Guess they didn’t want kids discussing Michael’s partying over their Frosted Flakes. And he has also been suspended for three months by the national governing body for swimming. USA Swimming has barred him from competing and cut off financial support.
Obviously, Michael’s problems are not going away quietly. He remains the center of a debate about legalizing pot as well as countless discussions of whether he should or shouldn’t be arrested. There are even debates about the motives of the South Carolina sheriff who has threatened him with arrest.
Still, most are cheering Michael for not pretending he didn’t inhale. Nor has he declared, like so many celebs who get caught in the act, that he is entering rehab. Obviously, his mom and his coach think the best way for the world’s greatest swimmer to wash away his “sins” is to keep him close to home and back in training.