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Phelps

Might Blow Off 2012

After Bonggate

2/5/2009 2:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF


phelps9-1Michael Phelps is thinking twice about competing in the 2012 Olympics because the media scrutiny is drowning him.

The golden boy tells the Baltimore Sun he "clearly made a mistake" inhaling from a bong in that now-infamous shot, and he might even reconsider swimming in London. "This is a decision of mine that I'm not going to make today," he says. "But it is something I need to think about."

Meanwhile, Phelps says the paps have been all over him, even waking him up at 7:00 AM at his bedroom window.

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1.

99centz    

starting the day right...FIRST AGAIN!

2035 days ago
2.

poopsi    

WHO THE HELL CARES, YOU MADE A MISTAKE AND GOT CAUGHT, NOW YOU WANT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO SUFFER ,MICHEAL THATS THE PRICE OF FAME, SUCKIT UP AND MOVE ON YOU HAVE YOUR WHOLE LIFE AHEAD OF YOU ,YOU.LL BE IN A DIFFRENT STATE OF MIND IN 2012 AND MORE MATURE

2035 days ago
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Illinois person    

Oh boo-hoo for Phelps. Is he just unhappy that he was caught smoking that funny stuff or what? If you're going to receive millions in endorsements and have children across the country look up to you, then make sure you're not holding a bong while doing so. Just another long list of rich, spoiled athletes and celebs who don't know how good they have it until the accolades stop. Phelps, you said you were sorry on your past DUI and now your sorry yet again. For what? How sad, all alone with your 15 medals, all the money in the world and oh yeah, don't forget your bong. Talk about a dope head! If you really wanted to man up, I'd say turn your self in to the police and see where they want to take it. If you don't, your just another spoiled punk!

2035 days ago
4.

Malteselover    

Maybe he shouldn't compete. He needs to get his life together first!

2035 days ago
5.

bill    

and excatly what should he be turning himself into police for? I would like to know how the police can tell if it is tabbacco or weed in the bong. Where is the hard evidence they will use to convict him? Some people have nothing better to do then whine and make up news stories on a slow day. American retards being retarded... I hope your house gets forclosed on.

2035 days ago
6.

Octowelfaremom    

Welcome to the world of celebrity, Phelps! You've made millions upon millions of dollars as a celebrity. Your FANS are the ones that can make or break you. You are in the lime light. Dah...you do something wrong, no matter how minor, and it's gonna be televised. Bottom line. You don't like it, stay out of the limelight or don't smoke a bong at a party knowing your picture will be sold. Sorry, just my opinion.

2035 days ago
7.

Ballistic    

I can't believe how distracted people are by this.
Who is the dope here?
The only advice i would give him is to buy a vaporizer,
and save his lungs from smoking.

2035 days ago
8.

yeah....and?    

I think most of you have lost the point of this man's postion. He is a ATHLETE. Not a role model. I'm so sick of parents jumping on the band wagon about this. YOU are YOUR childrens role model. Not him. To put these athletes on such higher ground is stuipd anyway. To be drama-filled over this is even MORE stupid.

Do you all think for one second he trained and got those medal for you guys? Hell no. It was his personal goal.He should be very proud. God forbid he party a little now huh? Besides, it was ONE HIT OFF A BONG, relax all you do-gooders. Awfully serious comments, 'he needs to get his lfe together' HUH? Are you kidding me? Dude has more of a life then 90% of us. The committment he has is unbeliveable. Better then most of us suspect.

He has staying power, he seems like a gem of a guy, and he seems to have a nice family. Wow, I'm with the guy who says some Americans are such retards. What are all of you over 70 or something? Take a nap then, it will all be better in the morning.

2035 days ago
9.

carriss    

Why is it that when a celebrity does an "oops", or in this case not so much of an "oops", they have to call it "something" gate? When Janet flashed a nip it was nipple-gate, and this is bong-gate? C'mon TMZ, be a little bit more imaginative.

2035 days ago
10.

If TMZ had the whole story....you would understand    

Where is his mother? She works with kids, I can not BELIEVE she went over that statement before he released it. It was the worst thing I could have ever heard. "I acted youthful"

2035 days ago
11.

Q    

I read he has Aspergers Syndrome----where you can function but not feel anything for other people. He can function like a Savant, at least in swimming, but as a caring human, he needs work if in fact he doesnt have Aspergers and is just a selfish lunt.

His Mother should be brought up on charges given she is an Educator.

2035 days ago
12.

Angie74    

No one will even remember in 2012. We all make mistakes when we are younger. I would say be more careful on who you spend your time with. This day and age you never know who will have a camera.



2035 days ago
13.

Illinois person    

#5, he should turn himself in for smoking dope you dope. He's already admitted to it. This story wasn't "made up" as you suggest and nor do pictures lie. It's safe to assume that's not some fresh air he was reaching for. Someone needs to foreclose on your brain #5. And by the way, notice that the word "foreclose" has now been spelled correctly. Don't worry about what you can't even spell. I agree w/ #9, boy there was mom standing all proud at our Olympics and showing up on every talk show. Now suddenly she's so quite. Boy, I bet she has some explaining to do to her students. Phelps, you not only brought yourself down, you took your mother along for the ride too. Shame on you!!

2035 days ago
14.

truthfully yours    

This is a case of a dorky looking kid who would never get a date, now a media darling that has girls all over him for the fame. He is out of control since he is getting all this attention, thinking he is a god. He is a total embarrassment to the Olympics and the USA. If this had happened 50 years ago, they would have stripped him of his medals. Unfortunately, in 2009 anything goes....

2035 days ago
15.

Carla    

Nobody seen this coming from his immediate migration to Vegas after the Olympics ended? He is a typical immature kid who is going to derail his own accomplishments by foolish and careless behavior. His mother is probably devastated. When you enter into the public sports arena and become a famous athlete, you become a role model for young kids whether you like it or not and you have an obligation to act responsibly.

2035 days ago
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