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Phelps in Hot Water Again After Pot Pic Surfaces

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Associated Press: Michael Phelps is unbeatable in the water. On dry land, he keeps running into trouble.

Phelps has embarrassed himself again after a triumphant Olympics, this time getting his picture snapped as he inhaled from a marijuana pipe. The photo wound up in a British tabloid Sunday, forcing Phelps to publicly apologize and his handlers to deal with sponsors who are surely none too pleased about the swimmer's choices away from the pool.

"I engaged in behavior which was regrettable and demonstrated bad judgment," Phelps said in the statement released by one of his agents. "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."

It all sounded so familiar, with good reason. After the 2004 Athens Games, an underage Phelps was arrested for drunken driving, pleaded guilty and apologized to his fans, saying he wouldn't make the same mistake again.

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2 comments so far | Post a comment now
Anony-moose February 2, 2009, 2:18 PM

Phelps in hot water? More like Phelps in bong water!

Marie Hardy February 2, 2009, 3:44 PM

I guess Mommy wasn’t around to teach him not to BONG with people watching!

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