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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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918    

LOL this is just funny. Now he has to pull the I'm not going to compete card because my feelings are hurt. He seriously needs thick skin. People have a reason to go after him now and they will but you learn from the mistakes but running away from it and crying foul is just silly. I can't believe he is that stupid and I'm sure this is just a ploy to get people to feel sorry for him.

1982 days ago
17.

STORMY7    

This guy trained his butt off for 4 years to win all those gold medals. What does it matter if he smokes a little weed? It's not crack or speed or heroin.
I don't think he has anything to apologize for.

1982 days ago
18.

Bethany Sweet    

Again - WHO CARES? You go, Phelps!

Legalize!

1982 days ago
19.

Cali kid    

Its alll good Michael, with Obama in office, the stuff WILL be legal by 2012.

1982 days ago
20.

h20    

I hope whoever leaked the photo is very rich and happy right now (sarcasm) because he/she has potentially taken out one of the U.S.'s best athletes over a stupid shot at a party.

1982 days ago
21.

Illinois person    

#21, if the bong fits then smoke it. It's not the person's fault who took the picture it's his own foolish fault. Guess it doesn't matter how much many you have - you can't buy good friends. Bet he knows this now.

1982 days ago
22.

sheesh    

He didn't make a mistake inhaling, he made a mistake letting someone get away with the pictures. What a snitch, that person should be ashamed of themsselves!

1982 days ago
23.

j    

really? he doesn't think this will be forgotten in the next FOUR years!? people have to gotten in trouble, gone to prison, gotten out again.. gotten in trouble again, gone to prison again.. in LESS time. Has anyone noticed all the pot humor on network television lately? Relax guy..no one cares that much

1982 days ago
24.

domdom    

He did it on his own time the Olympics were over. The person who sold the picture should get his butt kicked. Everyone should just shut up because everyone does things on their own time with their friends what if you liked it if someone snapped a picture of who knows what you do and sold it to the tabloids or posted it everywhere so your friends and family can see what’s going on. The guy swims for a living stop getting on his case military people get away with more crap and they are serving our country. Not everyone is perfect and no one should be judging everyone has done something stupid in their life and if you don’t want to admit our own dang faults then shame on you.

1982 days ago
25.

Who Caresss!!!    

I said it right here.. haha. I said right after he won 8 Olympic Golds this kid will never win another medal again. That all this will get to his head and become a self-endorsed pseudo celeb. Karma is a bitch!! lol.

1982 days ago
26.

Buster    

Isn't he being a little paranoid?
ha ha ha. Is is 4:20 in London.
M.P. is being a little BEEEOOCH.

1982 days ago
27.

fedwrk    

leave that boy alone. everybody makes mistakes whether you are an idol or not. no body is perfect. he trains hard and this pic was taken before he won the olympics. he still achieved his goals. let him be.

1982 days ago
28.

lucy    

so the guy got caught smoking pot. big deal everyone does it whether they admit it or not. the only thing he did wrong was letting someone take a picture of him. DUH

1982 days ago
29.

hmmm..    

OOOhhh wow he smokes weed. WooWoo. BFD.

1982 days ago
30.

Scott    

Check out the video at www.98online.com. 98 Rock Baltimore

1982 days ago
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