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Phelps

Gets Bonged by

USA Swimming

2/5/2009 10:52 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF


0205_phelps_bnMichael Phelps has been suspended for three months by USA Swimming after the whole bong thing.

The organization has cut off financial support to Phelps for the three months as well.

USA Swimming said, "This is not a situation where any anti-doping rule was violated, but we decided to send a strong message to Michael because he disappointed so many people, particularly the hundreds of thousands of USA Swimming member kids who look up to him as a role model and a hero."

Michael won't fight the punishment.

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91.

greeneyedlass    

I'm absolutely not defending what he did, but if they are going to "send a message" Michael by suspending him for three months for this, then they need to make damned sure that they make this punishment consistent with others who do the same thing...and they haven't done that. If they are going to suspend Michael for three months (which is understandable to me), then from this point forward, this should be the minimal punishment for ANY drug infraction for USA swimming, whether a public figure or not.

1993 days ago
92.

The BottomLiner    

I love how the mainstream media works here in the U.S. When it was Josh Howard or Ricky Williams, ESPN, FOX, NBC et. all skewered these men for months. Now it's Fishboy Phelps and the mainstream media just sweeps it all under the rug. It's pathetic how biased and downright biggoted the media is. Fishboy Phelps is an irresponsible two time loser! After Athens we heard the i'm sorry and wont be irresponsible song and what did this quote role model do? He illegally smokes weed from a bong. Had this been Terrell Owens, Kobe Bryant or any other black athelete or celebrity, the gang tackling by the media would not be measurable. But lilly white Fishboy Phelps gets a pass. I applaud Kellogs for dropping this bong smoking, drunk driving loser and only hope that all of his sponsors follow suit. Give me a REAL American hero who does good for his community and isn't a hypocritical, bong smoking, drunk driving horses ass. Cullen Jones anyone?

1993 days ago
93.

Me@home    

What does the dumb ass expect?? He is being photographed everywhere he goes and everything he does... duh. Why take a chance for a couple hours of "fun". I'm glad he is being punished. He is a big disappointment to a lot of kids. Kids who have been taught drugs are bad and that if they drugs they won't succeed... Thanks Phelps... I think you should start working the grade school circuit... redeem yourself to all those kids who "did" think you were someone to look up to.

1993 days ago
94.

Squareman    

He should become a spokesman for NORML and blow off swimming

1993 days ago
95.

Malteselover    

He should be punished! It is illegal & its wrong!

1993 days ago
96.

sallygail    

i'm glad. kids need to know that their actions have consequences and if michael just walked away like he did with his dui, they (children that look up to michael) might get into trouble that they normally wouldn't have by believing if your good you don't have to pay the piper.

1993 days ago
97.

Lindsay    

there is nothing wrong with smoking pot....he should have known better. he was stupid for being so wasted and not knowing what was going on around him. i bet the kid who took the picture is laughing his ass off right now.

1993 days ago
98.

Marie    

Kellog's are a bunch of hypocrites. I bet half their staff smokes bud and the other half did at one point or another during their youth. This young man gave his heart and soul to this sport and worked hard for years to achieve what he achieved. Just because he smoked grass doesn't mean that takes away from anything that he's accomplished. Boycott Kellogg's.

1993 days ago
99.

Big Bear    

First he gets arrested for DWI and everyone said it's ok he is just young. He now gets caught smoking dope and a lot of people say it's ok he is just young. What would those same people say if they saw a needle in his arm from shooting up?? Would they say it's ok he is just young. He decided for himself to be a star and to be an example for youth. What is the difference between weed and crack cocaine?? Not a darn thing they are both illegal!!!

1993 days ago
100.

Perez Hilton's Bumhole    

LIke he needs their financial support now? He walks in higher circles now and pay his way.

1993 days ago
101.

LongJohn69    

Everyone should have seen this coming the second he won all the medals. Nerdy guy from nowhere becomes famous waay too fast....can't handle fame or money or fast women. Result...loses endorsements, money & fast women. Fame will linger only till he becomes a hopeless shell of a human being, at which time he'll "drink the kool-aid. Sad end of story.

1993 days ago
102.

Cin    

WELL HE DID NOT KILL PUPPY'S OR MAKE UM FIGHT TO THE DEATH..
HE DID NOT DO IT WHILE SWIMMIMG OR IN PRACTICE, I HOPE EVERYOONE REALIZES THAT NOW I GUESS WHAT YOU DO IN YOUR OWN PERSONAL TIME CAN COST YOU YOUR JOB.. BIG BROTHER AND ALL.
ALL THE STONES BEING THROWN BY PEOPLE WHO HAVE NEVER EVEN TRIED POT.. LOLOL I THINK NOT!

1993 days ago
103.

Cin    

AND I'LL NEVER BUY Kellogg's AGAIN OR ANYTHING THE ARE RELATED TOO.. AND AS A MOTHER OF 5 I'M SURE I WILL NOT BREAK THEM BUT STANDING QUIETLY SEEMS WRONG RIGHT NOW.

1993 days ago
104.

d    

Phelps backed kellogs and choose them over wheaties even with all the criticism he recvd ( esp.from mothers) and stood behind there product kellogs should have stood behind M.Phelps he made a mistake admitted to it offered no excuse's
people move on he is young hell even obama admitted to during drugs when he was younger.. get over it....

1993 days ago
105.

Michelle    

Please, give me a break. The only wrong thing he did was trust the people around him. I believe marijuana is safer than alcohol (in moderation). He's obviously not a "pot head" if he just won 8 gold medals - broke how many records! This whole thing is ridiculous. I want to know, if he had a beer bong instead, what would the end result be? The only reason any kid looking up to him would even know, is because the media and the jackass, supposed friend who took the pic, smack it all over the papers, tabloids, tv, etc. Those tabloid people are probably smacking their bongs while posting it on the web. Any talk of not contending in 2012 is outright stupid. I know a lot of adults, athletes, lawyers, doctors, who smoke marijuana, to relieve stress and relax. God put that plant on earth for a reason ya'll and that plant goes way back in time. Do your history checks! Oh, lets also tell people with cancer that they're bad role models. Its not as bad as everyone makes it out to be. I'd think worse if he was snorting coke or smoking crack - oh, like the GRAMMY winner, Amy Winehouse! Give him a break!

1993 days ago
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