Michael Phelps: Olympic stoner

February 1st, 2009 // 187 Comments

Olympic gold medalists Michael Phelps might have just smoked his way out of the 2012 Olympics after a photo of him hitting the bong surfaced in News of the World. It was taken in November when Michael stopped by the University of South Carolina at Columbia to visit a girl he was “secretly seeing.” After presumably having his way with her, he showed up at a house party with a bunch of random chicks and drank his face off. USA!:

“He arrived with a group of girls hanging all over him. Jaws hit the floor when he walked in. You don’t get many celebrities in Columbia, so when Phelps comes to your party it’s a very big deal.
“He didn’t know many people so you’d think he’d be a little shy. But he was loud, obnoxious and slamming beers from the get-go. Every girl wanted a piece of him and every guy wanted to be his best buddy. He couldn’t get enough of all the attention.”
As he basked in his hero status, Phelps knocked back beers and shots of spirits. And when a student offered him the glass bong engraved with red writing, he did not hesitate, says our source.

Because he’s an idiot, Michael Phelps admitted it’s him in the picture and released the following statement to the AP today:

“I engaged in behavior which was regrettable and demonstrated bad judgment. I’m 23 years old and despite the successes I’ve had in the pool, I acted in a youthful and inappropriate way, not in a manner people have come to expect from me. For this, I am sorry. I promise my fans and the public it will not happen again.”

If Michael Phelps wants to pour alcohol into his face, smoke the marijuana like a cigarette and fornicate with various loose women before beating the world’s pants off at swimming, shouldn’t we as a nation stand behind him? I mean, Christ, if he was anymore American, he’d be out fighting crime with a talking bald eagle for a sidekick. But then how would other nations know we dominate at the breast stroke? You gotta think these things through.



    Who the fuck fucking cares if some college age kid wants to hit a bong here and there?


    You are destroying our country. No wonder we’re still 30 years behind most of Europe, culturally.

  2. wtf, you're retarded

    @17 have you been living under a goddamn rock or did you not see Michael Phelps win 293874981723874 gold metals?

  3. Guest


    He is NOT the best swimmer in
    the history of the world.
    He’s a fucking egotistic, pothead
    total pussy and famous for
    no reason.
    I don’t care how many gold metals
    he won. He’s a STUPID AMERICAN.

  4. wtf, you're retarded

    @17 have you been living under a goddamn rock or did you not see Michael Phelps win 293874981723874 gold metals?

    btw, I am PISSED he apologized. He should criticize everyone for criticizing him! There are many “heros” smokin weed, getting drunk, and smoking cigs…

  5. Mr.Anderson

    My feelings exactly. I don’t even smoke weed but I’d still be one of the first people to approve it.

    It’s infuriating to see how hypocritical people are. They really gotta start thinking for themselves instead of letting the media trail them behind this sort of trash.

  6. Pilatunes

    He does seem to have a huge ego. However, who gives a shit whether he smoked some dope or not? Really, big fuckin’ deal.

  7. Michael, no apology necessary! You are awesome even if you smoke a lil here and there. Keep up the good work.

  8. lola

    Because everyone wants a piece of fame and hang all over him, doesn’t mean that HE is egotistical. It means that everyone else is a user because they didn’t give a shit about him before. There is nothing wrong with hitting the bong either. Stay away from the pharmaceutical drugs; those will mess you up

  9. mai-tai

    The boy probably has low self esteem and wanted to be “cool”. Or maybe he’s a raving pothead alcoholic. Who cares? I have friends that sit around all day, collecting welfare and toking up on the taxpayer’s dime. At least Mike won some medals. D*mn!

  10. hohoho, I saw his profile on the famous interracial seeking affairs site
    _______InterracialRomancing.c o m_______ last week. It said he is interested in seeking someone else on that site! what a fool man!

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  12. Martin

    Get real. So how many guys/girls/women, controlled substances and leafy bud do you think 7-gold-medal Olympian and professional horndog Mark Spitz has done over the years? The only difference? He didn’t do any of it in front of a camera. Blame Phelps ADHD.

  13. Swimming under water takes alot of “OXYGEN”, folks

  14. no

    Why does anyone care?

  15. no

    Why does anyone care?

  16. Michael Phelps likes big curvy girls and he likes to hook up with sexy big beauties in online dating club ____P l u s M e et .c o m___! He puts his profile there for a long time!

  17. well done batman ! you’re a common hero now !

  18. lm


    Hypothetically he COULD get banned for this because theres a new olympic rule about no drugs in the four year period between olympics. but because there is no proof of a drug test or more proof than that, he is likely to get away with a minor slap on the hand.

    and @ GUEST,

    he really wasn’t that egotistical if you actually paid attention to everything during the olympics and after. but whatever.

  19. Balack Obama Fixin' America, 1 Nigga at a time

    This is funnier than Obama winning the White House!
    How much did his buddy get for selling this picture? Great friends in the world out there. Sell your ass out for a few hundred

  20. shimmy

    Pothead or not, the biggest surprise here is “he arrived with a group of girls hanging all over him”.

    Like, wha? Either those girls were blind or gay guys in disguise, or Phelps had some major cosmetic surgery done to straighten out that thing of a face he has.

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  22. GG1000

    Oh My God, young men at universities, drinking at parties, messing with girls, being obnoxious and smoking pot? What is the world coming to? It’s been more years than I care to think of since I was in my early 20s, but that’s pretty much what I remember! If the dude can still beat everyone in the pool like a gong, who cares what he tokes? Once again, dredging up the old memory, it’s not exactly a performance enhancing drug.

  23. meee

    i don’t care that he’s smoking…but i’ve always cared that he’s so fucking ugly i would drop dead before talking to him in public.

    seriously…if he weren’t an olympian, would ANY of you hit on him at a party? FUCK no. & if you said yes, you’re fucking ugly too.

  24. superstar

    #73 agreed. When I saw him on the news I was like, ‘Urgh.’
    I’m in the UK and he’s splashed on front pages of 4 newspapers.

  25. clx

    News of the World might be the worse newspaper in the world. Anyhow, Phelps really fucked up.

  26. Huh. Maybe he WAS good boyfriend material for Britney. Jamie Spears has the matchmaking gift!

    I avoided standing too close to the wrong people to preserve a poverty level dead end job, and this guy flushes his whole world down the toilet to axe some brain cells.

  27. NipTuck

    @50 hahaha

    we just need to legalize this shit. I mean my God….

  28. joblo

    What LOSER is taking pics at a college party just to try and bring someone down…I hope that fucking jerk is ostracised at his school. Phelps is an asshat but hey he’s 23 and it’s party time! Fuck 2012 he’s got plenty of dough now. That loser college kid who took this pic and probably sold it for WEED money anyway, let’s get some pics of him so HE never gets a job. WAS PROBABLY HIS WEED AND BONG ANYWAY. WHATS HIS NAME LETS GET HIM PUBLICLY IDENTIFIED and watch the phelps phans make his life hell. WHAT A FAG!!!!

  29. Drunkman

    A.) Who cares what he does
    B.) He was already busted for smoking four years ago after the last olympics

  30. MC

    they better not ban him from the games for sporting the american way!! alcohol is a drug too… geesh

  31. Mandy

    @14: HAHAHA

    after this, i kinda have a crush on phelps ;)

  32. Josh



  33. Dirk

    so, the kinds of people who go on blogs to insult celebrities to feel better about themselves are also the kind to roll up a fatty or smoke a bowl? The prototype for the posters here is make total sense.

  34. Andy

    anyone saying “I like Michael Phelps more now” for this photo of him smoking weed is f–king ridiculous. It’s weed! It doesn’t unite people. It doesn’t solve problems. Michael Phelps is an olympian and a millionaire and he doesn’t give a crap about you unless you buy the products he’s promotion because it will mean a bigger paycheck for him.
    That’s like saying you like someone more because they smoke cigarettes or because they drink Pepsi One. Get a grip idiots.

  35. hmna

    This would happen at the University of Stupid Chickens.


  36. Jrz

    C’mon dude….if you wanna get your ganj on, you gotta do that shit when no one’s around. Stupid. Motherfucker deserves to lose his endorsment $$ just for being a dumbass.

  37. Jack

    bumps young jeezy before the games, and blazes afterwards… nice.

  38. moreJack

    and just curious, if this was an NBA player, would anyone be making a fuss?

  39. quake

    if he had any balls, he’d champion weed.. but i’m sure he’ll spend the next year apologizing for being stupid

  40. shorona

    I don’t see why he apologised, its not like its a performaing enhancing drug….

    pathetic really eh?

  41. IRGuest

    Big deal, he was smoking pot. Christ, that puts him in the same ranks as a rapist or paedophile I guess? The only thing I find a bit sad about all of this is that the pathetic hater at the party has obviously gone out of his way to wreck this guys career for no reason probably than that he’s a jealous prick. Way to do something with your life buddy! Perhaps next you’d like to go drive over some doctors or writers because by god they deserve it for doing better in life than you…

  42. little j

    i actually like him a lot more now. i would love to smoke the ganj like cigarettes with him.

    bummer if he gets banned. pot is so much safer than alcohol. alcohol should be illegal.

    …do some research before you slam me.

  43. little j

    i have a crush….

  44. Sooz

    As long as he doesn’t start looking like Kevin Federline I’d say he can do whatever he wants….butttttt I’m from Canada so we’re cool with weed and don’t really have any good summer olympians….So…hopefully one of our snowboarders will get his photo taken while he’s on mushrooms in Vancouver 2010! whoo!

  45. Chris

    So, we see now that Michael Phelps is human and he too makes mistakes. If were some Joe Shmoe that was caught doing this – no one would think twice about it. Sure Michael has to be more in tune with his surroundings and needs to keep in mind he is in the public’s view at all times; however who ever turned this in and exploided Michael is either desperate for attention or a greedy individual. There is a good bit more important issues than worrying about someone’s actions. Let’s think about it here – the man has done nothing but bust his hind end off getting to where he is – this isn’t a normal thing for him – so he messed up once. He is a role model – he hit a bump and it’s now how he will recover from it and learn from it. We as a society are so hateful and cruel at times! It’s sad and pathetic if you ask me how judgemental we are. Whatever…! Michael Phelps, I think you are an incredible person from a fan stand point. To the person who turned this photo in – I am sure your are anything but a far cry from being “perfect”.

  46. Meghan

    I wonder if he was high when my brother asked him to sign a shirt for my birthday…. hmmmmm.

    He could have smoked crack and killed some cute babies and it still would be the best birthday present I have ever received.


  47. MassGrrl

    Funny shit.

    Personally, I don’t see what the big deal is. Unfortunately for Mr. Phelps, I’m not the person who can rip away his sponsorships and ban him from the Olympics.



  49. misspronounced

    why michael shouldn’t have apologized:


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