Michael Phelps lost two grand playing beer pong

February 10th, 2009 // 48 Comments

Not only did the party at University of South Carolina cost Michael Phelps the warm, striped love of Tony the Tiger, he lost $2,000 playing beer pong. Which is why you never bet money on beer pong. Only your car, first born child or a quick peek at your girlfriend’s breast. True story. Page Six reports:

“I saw Phelps pull out a roll, a bank-wrapped $2,000. He said, ‘I’ll match the $2,000,’ ” onlooker Michael Whitworth told the State newspaper. “Good ol’ Phelpsie lost it, too.”

In the meantime, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department have arrested eight people in connection to the party despite Columbia residents wisely insisting they focus on more serious crimes, according to WIS News. Michael Phelps will most likely not face charges:

We’ve now learned that since investigators began trying to build a case, they’ve made eight arrests: seven for drug possession and one for distribution. These are arrests that resulted as the sheriff’s department served search warrants.
We’ve also learned that the department has located and confiscated that bong. Sources say the owner of the bong was trying to sell it on eBay for as much as $100,000. The owner, who wasn’t even at the party, is one of the eight now charged.
Governor Mark Sanford is also weighing in on the sheriff’s actions. On the FOX News Channel Sunday night, Geraldo Rivera asked Sanford whether Phelps should be prosecuted.
“I don’t see what it gets at this point,” said Sanford.
His spokesman told us Monday night Sanford is letting that quote stand.

Oh, boy, eight college students got busted for pot! Congratulations, Columbia, South Carolina, you’re now the safest town in America. No need to lock your doors tonight – or even close them at all. The Sheriff caught them potheads. Whoopee!

Photo: Getty

  1. Jimbo


  2. natalie

    wooo first. . ..

  3. natalie

    wooo first. . ..

  4. hes an ugly ass


  5. Jimbo


  6. havoc

    Aqua Gangster…..big deal.

    He’s as dumb as he looks.


  7. Steve

    If we just quietly got rid of it, I don’t think anybody would miss the South.

  8. Fati

    enough posting about this! we heard the story, we don’t need to know all the updates. who the fuck is this dude anyway? i don’t give a fried rat’s ass about this!

  9. mike

    #8 – it’s a person who exercises a lot, you wouldn’t understand.

  10. Redneck

    Wanna try to get rid of us? Haha ha l would love to see you try pussy.

  11. 10pound

    Dumbest shit ever…..arresting people over a photo. The south is dumb. Nice use of resources and taxpayers money. Society there in SC is so much safer now.

    South = FAIL

  12. makes me so proud to be from south carolina! especially if michael phelps comes back now i know i can kick his ass in beer pong!


  13. since he has to eat like 12 meals a day does it take 100 beers to get him drunk?


  14. B

    I’m moving to Columbia, SC. Apparently there are no murders, robberies, or other heinous crimes. Excuse me while I go pack my bags…

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  16. Deacon Jones

    ….in subsequent news, five miles from campus, 3 townies blew the shit out of themselves and their trailer while manufacturing over 100 pounds of meth.

  17. Deacon Jones

    ….in subsequent news, five miles from campus, 3 townies blew the shit out of themselves and their trailer while manufacturing over 100 pounds of meth.

  18. Holyfuck

    SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSOOOOOOO fucking lame. Sweet Sheriff, what a douchebag.

  19. Ci

    He’s one ugly motherf

  20. Guest

    Okay….get OVER michael phelps.
    He’s arrogant, not that good-looking, and rude.

  21. testing

    that sucks about the bong owner, if they werent present the police cant prove they ever used it for illegal drugs….they totally deserve the ebay money

  22. Chelle

    The South Carolina sherf (that’s how they pronounce “sheriff” down thar) is an idiot.

    Michael Phelps, however, is an idiot AND a loser.

  23. uhhhno

    this story is ridiculous. you’re telling me there is nothing better for these police officers to do than try and arrest college kids? COME ON!!!!! it’s fucking weed. get over it. they’re not raping and killing people. geeze…

  24. Columbia is the sux

    Columbia is the shittiest shit hole in the world. Of course most of SC is like this other then Charleston. Charleston is nice

  25. Brandon

    The only thing I’ve ever got from being good at beer pong is drunk. Seems like I’ve been playing in the wrong town!

  26. Shep

    Just more proof to show you that most of the people who inhabit the Southern States are half retarded.

  27. Dëlgo

    He looks like he spits a lot when he talks.

  28. Freddo

    What the fuck is going on with his teeth? Fucker’s deformed. Maybe it makes him sleeker in the water. Drugee American cheat. Cheaty cheaty cheat cheat.

    p.s. The writer is still an unfunny turd.

  29. with obama who inhaled in the white house and olympic idol phelps caught smoking weed, maybe there’s a new “legalize it” – campaign just around the corner.

  30. kate

    It is said he is wondering on ***sugarmingle. c om***, I do not know why.

  31. azalea

    Hero to douchebag in record time. Nice going.

  32. Bessy

    1. Jimbo and Natalie – why are you guys trying to post your comments first?
    2. Why are American’s (in particular Southern American’s) such retards?
    3. How are these kids being arrested for something like this? Something just isn’t right with the world…

  33. Meet “THE” olimpic loser of america, folks!!

  34. Dr. Malocclusion, DDS

    Who’s the orthodontist that’s responsible for that jacked up grill?

  35. PitViper

    Just the fact that everyone here seems to think that because a person is Southern that means they are stupid. Sadly dumb ass decisions are made every where in this country. The proof lays in the post. How stupid is Phelps for smoking pot and running the chance of ruining his career. Richland county sheriff Lott is also an idiot. His dumb a*s decision is NOT supported by the people in Columbia or South Carolina. So leave off on the dumb Southern jokes they are NOT original nor funny.

  36. So Michael Phelps is a guy who drinks at parties smokes a little gambles on high stakes games of beer pong and is the all greatest Olympic medal winner he sounds like a pretty cool guy to me. Michael Phelps is an American Hero. He stood tall and made America proud at the Beijing Olympics. This is how America treats its heroes, we forget all of the hard work Michael Phelps did to achieve his task, we forget the pride we felt with the each gold medal, we forget how Phelps helped America to be competitive against a Chinese when they planned on winning all of the gold’s, we forget all of those things and hang a man for smoking a glass water pipe at a college party. It is time that we as a country stand up for the rights of the individual, it’s time we stand together with our neighbors and take collective control of our destinies. Write a congressman or a senator any of them; imagine the weight of millions of emails calling for a change in policy. In this moment in America anything is possible just Google the email address of you’re representative and send him or her short email. It will take 10 minutes but then you have taken responsibility for change. A senator considers each email as representative of 2 thousand voters.

  37. Regina

    Haha, wanna read something funny about Phelps and Subway (who took him back, WTF??? Are you kidding?) Look the pop fix,

  38. George W Bush

    Kick ass swimmer! Good job Michael! Who cares that he smoked pot? Did anyone not smoke pot in their lives outside of Bill Clinton, who didn’t inhale? Really, get over it! Maybe he lost his Wheeties privleges but he is still as much an Olympic hero as he was before that photo!

  39. lawrence

    I am so surprised that Phelps had not removed his profile from that celebs site Richromances.com yet. Oh, god bless. he can get what he wants~~Go

  40. Phelps would have had better luck if he was playing Poolside Pong (www.poolsidepong.com) Its the Inflatable Beer Pong table that’s revolutionizing the game. Perfect for Spring Break and Summer, Poolside Pong lets you play beer pong ANYWHERE, even in the water!

  41. So if I understand this correctly, there is now excess marijuana supply available in South Carolina, right..?

  42. BC

    I still can’t believe these dumb ass kids leaked this picture to the media. They should have just kept it to themselves. Then one of them had the balls to try and make $100,000 selling the bong. I don’t think people should be arrested for pot, but selling out an American hero should get you an ass whooping.

  43. That sucks for Phelps but he has an image to protect and his sponsors are paying him a lot of money. cutechristiansingles.com

  44. furby

    i dont think anyone personally cares that he smoked pot…it just amazes me that all he had to do was stay out of trouble and he was set for life…well he still probably is…but now his image is tarnished. if he was going to smoke pot he shouldnt have done it at a huge party with a bunch of people around, thats just dumb he basically asked for this to happen

  45. Scared of Phelps gaping maw

    He should have spent that two grand fixing that FUGLY dentally challenged mouth.

  46. now learned that since investigators began trying to build a case, they’ve made eight arrests: seven for drug possession and one for distribution.

  47. now learned that since investigators began trying to build a case, they’ve made eight arrests: seven for drug possession and one for distribution.

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