Is America's Most Famous Olympian A Marijuana Consumer?

Well now…maybe the story today on the Drudge Report–featuring a possible photograph of uber-Olympian and champion pitch man Michael Phelps indulging in some marijuana use with a nice, big glass bong–may finally explain why, when I’m in Baltimore, business owners and some in the media often ask me “if Michael Phelps is a big NORML supporter?” My usual reply is ‘no, not as far as I know. Why?’

Now maybe that answer has possibly presented itself. Check out the photo here.
*Update: Phelps acknowledges the photo is accurate and that he has used marijuana…

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

By Georgina Dickinson, 01/02/2009

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.


“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.”

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.


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?

*Update: Phelps acknowledges the photo is accurate and that he has used marijuana.

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  1. Phelps is going to be losing millions of dollars and this will seriously harm his career. However, it may be a real opportunity for NORML and the legalization movement if NORML were to sponsor Phelps. Can you imagine watching Phelps win more gold medals with a pot leaf logo on his suit?
    Let’s use this to help our cause.

  2. There wasn’t even any smoke in the chamber of that bong. It was cashed.
    Admit nothing Phelps. Make friends with all the olympic class woman’s beach volleyball team members (especially from Jamaica and the Netherlands) and never look back.
    You are already a multi-millionaire; and you can beat anyone on earth in a swimming race. Screw the wheaties & nike endorsements. Speak the truth!!

  3. This is great for NORMAL and supporters!!! For one the slanderous news titles across the United States about this picture could make enormous tremors in Congress. Having such a decorated olympian athlete support his use of marijuana but also not clarifying the substance in the picture; just his hobby of smoking marijuana. If we look back at the Federal Case of Poster ‘N’ Things vs. United States you will see that the definition of such ‘water pipe’ is defined by its sellers knowledge of intent to use by consumer. Because they can not intentionally sell smoking paraphanailia for the intent of drug use. This puts a slanderous and defaming description of Phelps on a large scale due to the article title by journalist and News of the World, for the reasoning of not having the base knowledge of the intent of use. Meaning News of the World would have to know that the ‘cannabis pipe’ used by Phelps was bought at a ‘head shop'(where water pipes can be assumed to be used for smoking marijuana) as aposed to a ‘tobacco shop’ to give its legal name of ‘water pipe’ which is used for tobacco use. Al beit Phelps did confess about “USING MARIJUANA” but never commented nor declared that the substance that he was smoking out of the ‘water pipe’ was illegal or legal. Just that his actions we’re wrong for a percieved illegal act. This is why no one in the Olympics has commented or suspended him yet b/c he has never failed a drug test and there is no way of proving what he was smoking in that picture is marijuana. But he could be punished for his admittence to using the “so called drug of marijuana”.
    Also, lets keep in mind that this so called informant obviously seemed to be unimpressed by Phelps presents at the event and probably was jealous b/c his girlfriend was giving Phelps to much attention. haha

  4. Wasn’t he the guy on that box of “Weedies”.
    It is awful how the media portrays celebs.
    The super bowl MVP, santiono Holomes was arrested this fall in Pittsburgh for possession. Maybe weed is a performance enhancing drug.

  5. I am an avid athlete myself whom enjoys running, mountain biking, skiing, hiking, etc. who occasionally enjoys partaking in smoking the herb. Its about time America moves on from the hypocrisy of marijuana prohibition. My state has a mafia handle on liquor and beer sales even going as far and banning other states from shipping wine and beer to my state without first paying a 20 dollar tariff. The nation pedals a pill for every ailment under the sun from boner dysfunction to mood enhancers under multi-billion dollar advertising campaigns. It’s all fine and dandy for America big business to kill our livers and minds with synthetic chemicals yet and person can’t enjoy a herb created by the great maker if they wish too. Legalized, tax it. Win/win

  6. One of two things is going to happen:
    1. Phelps looses significant amounts (or all) of his sponsorship earnings and decides he has no reason to be a “role model” for a stereotyping, intolerant, and short-sighted nation’s worth of people. He realizes his potential position as an important figure in the paradigm shift towards smart drug policy, and adds one more push to get the ball rolling on legalization. He then becomes a stoner icon.
    2. Phelps’ sponsors don’t take away too much money, so he starts sucking corporate tubesteak to keep his image convincingly right-wing-compatible. His self-allowed humiliation would probably include public service announcements, elementary school presentations, and news coverage of elementary school presentations. He watches one such video clip on TV while blazed one day; ashamed of his life and the wasted opportunity to be a stoner icon, he continues to give corporate fellatio and dies tragically at 25 from a sleeping pill overdose.
    Unfortunately there are still too many people in our country who are too ignorant to see more than one point of view, especially when it comes to ‘sins of the flesh’; look at the sexual revolution and how long that took to cause a paradigm shift in our culture.
    But that will change soon enough for all of us to see it.

  7. As a pot smoker and former swimmer, I was really glad to find out that Phelps smokes. Of course, then he made his dumbass apology.
    In my opinion his apology was the thing that caused him to be any kind of lesser role model.
    He apparently enjoys smoking pot. There’s nothing wrong with that. We all know how harmless it is. But he caved because his endorsement deals were in jeopardy.

  8. For the last 70 years this plant has been built up with image that IT is the destroyer of people’s lives so that politicians and pharmaceutical companies could and have made zillions of dollars turning the american people into self-destructive pill-dependent liver-damaging zombies. The surfacing of this image of Michael Phelps goes to show that it is not the plant that destroys lives. Phelps achieved something that no one has ever accomplished, and probably few people have ever dreamt of coming close. This isn’t to say the pot helped him get there, but it certainly proves it did not prevent him from getting there, nor has it destroyed his life as the images, tales, and stereotypes of the last 70 years fed into the minds of the American public and the world have portrayed pot to do so. If Phelps’ life is ruined because of pot, its not the plant, but the people, their ideals, and vexations that will.

  9. Please let us not be herded into condemning Michael Phelps for smoking marijuana.
    Michael Phelps as won 14 Olympic gold medals for swimming, he’s the best in the world.
    The message that we collectively should absorb from a picture of a world record holding athlete smoking marijuana is that marijuana is not the destructive drug the old J. Edward Hover, and the Ronald Ragan brain washing movements would like us to believe.
    It would have be perfectly fine if the photo was of Michael smoking a large cigar, and sipping on a scotch whisky, both known killers.

  10. I sent the above link “a letter I’d like to see” to 50 friends and relatives. Got 6 replies, all negative. Not surprising, but what WAS surprising was the level of paranoia they exibited – in this day and age. “Take me off the list, I’m a life long educator!” was one reply.
    Really? What are you teaching?

  11. If sponsors decide to penalize Michael Phelps, all weed smokers should boycott those sponsors. Imagine if all smokers boycotted Subway, it might affect their business I have patronized Subway for years, but will start enjoying Quizno’s or other options. There are many other kinds of cereal than Kellogg’s. I will examine all sponsors reactions and adjust my priorities accordingly.

  12. Maybe Mr Phelps was apologizing for the behavior he was accused of besides the pot smoking. They said he was partying super hard, drinking alot, kind of loving all the attention he was getting, etc… I don’t know about all of you but I’ve been ashamed of my behavior at some parties even if what I was doing was something I’d do again in a more moderate fashion. Let’s not condemn him, he’s still young with alot to offer our cause as well as aspiring pothead athletes everywhere. Perhaps in the future he WILL be willing to become a spokesperson for NORML.

  13. Blah to anyone condoning his apology if he won’t stand up and be a “real man” about his actions he shouldn’t have any influence on anyone in this land or any other. I’ve admited to smoking when I go in for job interviews every since I started, if I can’t be who I am there and my mental health is that unimportant then I really don’t need that job anyway. If he’s so damned ashamed of smoking weed he shouldn’t do it, because his indecisiveness will only hurt the cause and we’ve already had enough hinderances. No one pass to PHELPS!

  14. I wrote my best music stoned. Ask any great artist why pot is a great aid in opening up the mind to creativity. Its 2009 people!! TIME TO LEGALIZE NATURE’S GIFT TO MANKIND….I cant stand one more second of hypocracy over pot anymore..LETS STAND UP AND BE COUNTED FELLOW POTHEADS!!!

  15. So What.
    Big Deal.
    He’s a young guy let him live his life. There’s too many cameras around now day’s, Kids taken pictures of Kids is gettin outa hand. Somebody stop it. (parents)

  16. Ya know….I used to just read and never post my own views or thoughts. But,Uhmm, Fawk that!!! MP, his gold medals, and the rest of U stoners, have inspired my need to thro 2 cents in. So here it is: *AHEM* The Boo-DA is Goo-DA =}~~

  17. OH yea, and Norml needs to get that gold medal winning Pothead up to a microphone stand…. real Quick-a-tilly!

  18. Demand to vote on the pot issue and solve this ignorance immediatly. Before we as a nation move any further on any issue first solve this. Vote on it, see the landslide results and change the laws. America is the leader in drug USE, America smokes pot.. get over it. Remove those in office who support pot as crime and replace them with intelligent, non greedy humans. Or eventaully chaos will insue and it will be pitchforks and torches. Your choice people

  19. Not a hero but a wimp. Like everything else this issue is backwards. Phelps is part of the problem. He did not stand up for himself, if fact he threw all users right under the bus of prohibition. I thought I saw him cry over this. He should swim with the women

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