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Photos Of Michael Phelps Smoking Weed From A Bong? EVERYBODY PANIC!

According to British tabloid News of the World, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps was caught smoking marijuana out of a bong while partying in South Carolina on November 6th. They even have a photo of Phelps to prove it. A witness at the party said:

You could tell Michael had smoked before. He grabbed the bong and a lighter and knew exactly what to do. He looked just as natural with a bong in his hands as he does swimming in the pool. He was the gold medal winner of bong hits. Michael ended up getting a little paranoid, though, because before too long he looked like he was nervous and ran out of the place.

Michael Phelps rightfully was paranoid, as there was now obviously someone snapping photos of him with a bong at that party. There will be a lot of outrage in the coming days about Phelps, about how he’s not setting a positive example for the kids, about how he’s blowing away (in a puff of weed smoke) endorsement opportunities. Or will there be?

Obviously, the News of the World wanted this to be a big story to sell papers. Yet their timing of this comes during one of the biggest sports weekends of the year in the United States. Nobody here is going to care about anything other than the Super Bowl for the next couple of days, and by then, this all will have blown over.

Even if it hasn’t, Phelps has probably already cashed in on 90% of the endorsements he’ll get from the Beijing Olympics. Sure, he could lose some future endorsements, but new doors will open up. Goodbye, Wheaties, hello, Cheetos.

Hell, he could even start endorsing bongs. I can see the ads of him swimming in a water pipe already.

Is Michael Phelps perfect? Hardly. This isn’t his first controversy involving partying. But he’s human. And as long as he’s not doing things that are hurting other people (no more DUIs), let’s cut the guy some slack. Yes, smoking weed is illegal, but there are far worse people doing far worse things right now, so really, everyone who is about to lose it over this, please gain some perspective and calm down. If you need some help, Michael can hook you up.

What A Dope [News Of The World]

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