Michael Phelps has won more gold medals than anyone in Olympic history. He admitted yesterday that he participated “regrettable” behavior that showed “bad judgment” after a photo of him smoking what appears to be marijuana from a bong was published over the weekend.
Marijuana is not seen as a competition enhancing drug so he will not likely face suspension or severe consequences from the Olympic Commission.
“I engaged in behavior which was regrettable and demonstrated bad judgment,” Phelps said in a statement released by Octagon, his management firm. “I’m 23 years old, and despite the successes I have had in the pool, I acted in a youthful and inappropriate way, not in a manner that 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 photo shows Phelps with his hat on backward “hitting” a bong at a college party. It is unclear the affects such a powerful role model will have on teens that look up to him. It obviously is not positive when one of the worlds most identifiable athletes is shown doing drugs, we’ll just hope that his quick public apology and show of regret will help.