Olympic gold medal winner, Michael Phelps is under investigation for smoking pot on the University of South Carolina Campus. A picture was taken at a party while Phelps was smoking marijuana out of a bong. The photo was then published in a tabloid. Phelps admitted to the authorities is was indeed him smoking in the photo.
"I engaged in behavior which was regrettable and demonstrated bad judgement. 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," said Phelps in an interview with WIS NEWS 10.
Phelps as well as eight others are under investigation for drug possession and distribution.
I feel this story was blown way out of proportion. I understand Phelps signed a contract that did not allow illegal use of narcotics; but the fact that he is a Olympic gold medalist is why this particular photo was frowned upon by many. He is still able to obtain great accomplishments in the water, and the fact that he is facing conviction due to a picture is absurd. It is not illegal to smoke pot, however it is illegal to possess it. By him admitting to smoking does not justify the right to punish him with drug possession. It could have been tobacco in the bong, who knows, but by him admitting it is where it gets fuzzy.
Also, why are authorities wasting taxpayers dollars for such a petty action? When cigarettes kill more poeple in ONE day than marijuana does in a lifetime!