Michael Phelps Smokes More Than The Competition
Apparently, Michael Phelps not only smokes the competition. Phelps has been caught on photograph smoking marijuana. We may now have the answer to Phelps junk food diet and high calorie intake - it must be the munchies. Bill Clinton never worried about that because he did not inhale. Michael Phelps does.
Phelps has not denied the fact that he was smoking marijuana. In fact, he has acknowledged that he was smoking pot in a photograph taken in November, showing him inhaling. The News of the World tabloid photo of Michael Phelps smoking marijuana is authentic.
The sad part is that Michael Phelps, having displayed irresponsible behavior by smoking marijuana, now faces huge losses, both financially and, no doubt emotionally.
Michael Phelps says he regrets smoking pot - "I'm 23 years old and despite the successes I've had in the pool, I acted in a youthful and inappropriate way, not in a manner people have come to expect from me. For this, I am sorry. I promise my fans and the public it will not happen again."
The US Olympic Committee says they are "disappointed in the behavior recently exhibited by Michael Phelps. Michael is a role model, and he is well aware of the responsibilities and accountability that come with setting a positive example for others, particularly young people. In this instance, regrettably, he failed to fulfill those responsibilities."
Travis Tygart, head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency says, "For one of the Olympics' biggest heroes it's disappointing, and we'll evaluate whether he remains in that program." Michael Phelps had agreed to take part in a pilot-testing program designed to measure the accuracy of doping tests, though marijuana is not banned except during competition, nor is marijuana performance enhancing.
Michael Phelps team mates are sticking by him in spite of the marijuana incident. Phelps' team mate Dara Torres told the AP on Sunday, "When you're recognizable, you're looked up to as a role model. He is recognizable and everything you do gets looked at and picked apart. I guess that's the price of winning 14 Olympic medals." Torres says, "This in no way, shape or form diminishes anything he's done."
Clearly, Michael Phelps has not set a good example. He was arrested for drunk driving at age 19, after winning six gold and two bronze medals in Athens. Michael Phelps now admits to smoking marijuana.
The USOC reminds us…"none among us is perfect. The committee recognizes that…."Michael can learn from this incident and move forward in a positive way."