Michael Phelps has issued several apologies for the pic of him smoking marijuana from a bong that surfaced over the weekend, and his sponsors and the IOC have both forgiven him for what he’s done. But could this little episode keep him out of the games in 2012?
Phelps tells the Baltimore Sun, “This is a decision of mine that I’m not going to make today and I’m not going to make tomorrow. It’s going to require a lot of time and energy and a lot of thinking for myself – but also talking to (coach) Bob (Bowman) and talking to my family and just deciding what I want to do. Yeah, there are still goals that I have in the pool, 100 per cent. But I’m not going to let anything stand in my way. If I decide to walk away, I’ll decide to walk away on my own terms. If it’s now, if it’s four years, who knows. But it is something I need to think about and decide what I want to do.”
Phelps was snapped smoking at a party in South Carolina this fall, following winning an Olympic record 8 gold medals at this summer’s games, and although his apologies have been accepted, the state of South Carolina is still trying to show off it’s balls by investigating a way to prosecute Phelps for something that millions of other kids his age are participating in.
It may be smooth with the IOC, but this little dilemma could be dragging behind him for a long time to come.
Hopefully other Olympic athletes are paying close attention and keeping themselves out of trouble. That means you, Nastia Liukin.