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No Pot Charges

for Phelps

2/16/2009 5:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Michael PhelpsThe ridiculously stupid Michael Phelps pot investigation is finally over.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said today he was not going to charge Michael Phelps over that photo of him smoking a bong.

The photo was taken at a party in November when Phelps visited the University of South Carolina. Sheriff Lot defended his investigation by saying, "Michael Phelps is truly an American hero ... but even with his star status, he is still obligated to obey the laws of our state."

Eight other people were arrested in connection with the photo -- seven for possession and one for dealing.

UPDATE -- On his Facebook page, Michael Phelps released this statement: "I'm glad this matter is put to rest. But there are also some important lessons that I've learned. For me, it's all about recognizing that I used bad judgment and it's a mistake I won't make again. For young people especially -- be careful about the decisions you make. One bad decision can really hurt you and the people you care about. I really appreciate the support my family and fans have shown me and now I will move forward and dive back into the pool, having put this whole thing behind me."

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16.

jblxxx    

micheal phelps is one ugly s.o.b

1990 days ago
17.

Irie5446    

Seriously, I don't smoke weed, but did when I was in high school and college and really think Marijuana NEEDS to be legalized! Its a complete joke that you can go to a bar and get ass drunk to the point u are vomiting everywhere but cant sit in your own home and smoke a bowl, bong, joint or whatever! It is a completely harmful natural plant!

1990 days ago
18.

mary    

Oral sex is illegal too but I don't see anybody getting arrested for it.Geez.

1990 days ago
19.

LO    

For god's sake he wasn't injecting heroin or sniffing a line of coke or meth. He works hard If he wants to smoke a bowl and chill let him. But he should have done it in his house by himself with the door closed.

1990 days ago
20.

ed    

Why is this TOOL considered a hero? Just because he can swim fast?? He lost his endorcement with Catilac because of a DUI and now he has lost other endorcements because of the bong picture. Yeah he is a true American Hero alright!!! What a joke!

1990 days ago
21.

Cammie    

To project-run away... Deal with your kids and grandkids in the manner you wish and they can choose who they desire to look to as a mirror of reflection. However, this young man didn't get to sow any wild oats as he was individuating from his family of origin and maturing into young adulthood (due to his 24/7 athletic training) and had an opportunity to finally let his hair down for awhile after the Summer Olympics. Had he been smoking pot, taking drugs, and/or heavily drinking throughout the years he would never have been able to achieve such incredible athletic success.

1990 days ago
22.

pantherfanej    

Im glad an athelete got caught smoking weed just to show america that weed is good for the body,kinda like milk.maybe one day we can get it legalized

1990 days ago
23.

buzzbomber    

He really should have all of his gold medals stripped away. He is no role model after being photographed using dangerous drugs.

1990 days ago
24.

Nannette    

Did anyone seriously think charges would be brought againt (gasp) a sports figure?! Callhim what you want, but he is DEFINITELY not a hero or anyone I would point out to my kids as a role model!

1990 days ago
25.

lost in lalaland    

First of all, #15, excellent point. Secondly, those of you that are up in arms that he (GASP!) smoked some weed, how many martinis (beers, chardonnays) did YOU consume last time you got together with friends? Did you drive home? And last, but certainly not least, I can't believe that any law enforcement agency is in so in need of ways to fill their time that they would take the time, effort and resources to arrest EIGHT people because of this stupid picture.
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!STOP THE MADNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1990 days ago
26.

The Skizzler    

Hey, ed, #14. Go back to second grade and catch up with the third grade spellers. Idiot.

1990 days ago
27.

xxx    

#13 Irie5446, nice slip, if you think it's "harmless" which is what I am guessing you were trying to say, then you have smoked away all your brain cells.

1990 days ago
28.

Dan    

oh the horror - my god, it was pot... doesn't he know it'll cause his mind to turn and cause him to go on a killing spree (sarcasm)... I mean listen to the politicians (wait til they put down their fifth of scotch)....

Somebody get Nancy Reagan and Elizabeth Dole on the phone... Time to bring out that wildly successful "Just Say No" campaign.. it did wonders the first time around (LOL)....

I mean look at all the deaths due to pot use vs. alcohol... that's why we have so many fatal DUI's (sarcasm) ....

1990 days ago
29.

JJBoy    

How is he a hero? All he does is swim. The men and women over seas are Heros.

1990 days ago
30.

miley$$$    

I'm not a fan of marijuana personally, but I've done it enough to know that it's harmless.. less so than alcohol and/or cigarettes, both of which I AM addicted to. The fact that this case got as big as it did is a damn embarrassment to our entire country.. a country which is evidently full of ignorant prudes who are so quick to demonize things they know nothing about.

1990 days ago
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