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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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46.

lori N.J.    

I think it is a disgrace!!! Some role model !!!! I lost all respect for Michael Phelps!!!!!

2000 days ago
47.

Jnazty    

phelps is always gonna be my hero
so what everyone has once in their life especially as a young adult done something illegal
he's still the best there is and ever will be so get over it
leave the man alone
and he better compete in 2012 or we just shouldn't have swimming in the olympics its that simple

1998 days ago
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annadubai    

Michael became a role model when he accepted millions of dollars in endorsements to BE A ROLL MODEL. That's what endorsements are all about. To be a ROLL MODEL. Millions of dollars are given to people to portray a certain image and it does not include breaking the law. In Mr. Phelps case, he was paid to project the image of a healthy athlete. Pot smoking is more harmful to the lungs than cigaretts because there is no filter to remove tar, etc... and because the smoke is held in the lungs longer than when inhaling a cigarett. If he didn't want to be a roll model, he should not have accepted millions of dollars in endorsements to portray a healthy athlete.

1997 days ago
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annadubai    

Micheal will not be in any condition to compete in 2012. His competition days are over. Smoking pot is far worse than smoking cigarettes because there is no filter to remove tar, etc...and because when you inhale the smoke is held in the lungs far longer than when smoking a cigarette. Lung cancer is a hell of a way to die. Especially for a former Olympian.

1997 days ago
50.

Giveitarest50    

Firstly, I can understand why some of his endorsements were pulled. Many of his sponsors it seems, want to convey a wholesome, family oriented image not compatable with any type of substance use/abuse. That being said, I find it laughable that so many people are offended by something so benign. When Michael Vick was charged with dog fighting there was less of a public outcry. Matt Jones: possesion of cocaine Carmello Anthony: Marijuana possesion. Allen Iverson: Unregistered automatic weapons; where were all the offended citizens then? Something for the critics to consider. While you were sitting on your ass criticizing Phelps, he wasnt getting high, he was working his ass off. What, you think he earned 14 Olympic medals by getting high every day? We should recognize athletes for their performance, and leave the judgement to his endorsers and coaches.

1995 days ago
51.

wbnrmok    

i think its stupid they make such a big deal about him smoking pot.....you go rip that bong phelps

732 days ago
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