Michael Phelps won’t be charged for bong photo. GASP!

February 16th, 2009 // 54 Comments

In a shocking move of logic and reason, Michael Phelps will not be facing charges from the photo of him smoking a bong at a November 2008 frat party. The Richland County Sheriff’s office didn’t have enough evidence to prosecute the Olympic swimmer or anyone else at the party, according to People:

“I’m glad this matter is put to rest. But there are also some important lessons that I’ve learned,” Phelps, 23, said in a statement Monday.
“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.”

And that bad decision was admitting to a photo that no one could even tell was you – like an idiot. Take note, young people, deny everything. Otherwise, there goes your Kelloggs endorsement, and then who’s going to buy you a Ferrari full of hookers and blow? (Not counting Jared from Subway.)

The More You Know….

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  1. matilda jeffries

    whoda thunk it?

  2. The best madonna photo ever:

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    Check it out superficial. It agrees with everything you’ve ever said

  3. Spagett!

    fuckin celebreties always getting off

    bunch of jews

    i hope this guy sucks ass in 2012

  4. LMS

    Oh wow! A CELEBRITY who didnt get punished for a crime? Gee, Im shocked!

  5. Angry Beaver

    As punishment he should be forced to swim up Paris Hilton’s vagina. If he lives, he can go free.

  6. Pekod

    You might have meant it in your usual misanthropic sense, but I actually agree completely.

    “Truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?” Where did that come from, Your Honor? It’s not written in this Bible I’m swearing on! God obviously doesn’t tell me the whole truth, or he would have responded him when I asked him how to build a Tardis!

  7. Nick

    The police have way more important things to do than pursue people who smoke marijuana have their pictures plastered on the internet.
    The real shame is the “public’s” view on pot.

  8. Richard McBeef

    @3&4 – what crime? it is not illegal to take a hit of the bong in the past. only illegal in the present. can you get a dwi for driving drunk last year? didn’t think so.

  9. south carolina is a strange place

  10. This is almost as HILARIOUS as this…

    Check out this awesome video I just saw about the GIRLS GONE WILD PORNO BAILOUT (just watch out for the dude with the ‘stache):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZh_CyHHGP4

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

    SC Prosecutor knew he couldn’t beat Phelp’s attorneys. Too much cash there. Why bother. Just go after the little suckers to make your record better. Why take the loss.
    Who really cares. There is a picture of him smoking pot. Yipee. Can they really prove what was in it? Can they really prosecute off a photo and hearsay?

  12. Name

    OLIVIA PALERMO IS NOT SMART>> WHY SHE IS SHUNNEDI would like to take this space to write something about Olivia Palermo. I don’t care to blog, nor have I ever been so compelled to do so as I am today. In her infamous e-mail in which she begs for the New York social scene to accept her as a primped and prepared socialite.. she unknowingly tears at the very fabric that is and upholds the social order of the insultated society. Such a plea is to remain unspoken. The e-mail itself contraditcs the order of things in the society which she so desperately touts as above the rest. However if she insists upon making such a plea,(one that contradicts that over which she so gratuitously drools, but does not understand) she should be careful not to betray the laughable inadequecies of her wealthy yet under-educated breeding by the simple act of proof reading. Proof reading probably would have done her little good, as she spells “bear with me” using the “bare” of a more “naked “variety. If she wants to assert that she belongs in the tier of society that does pities yet tireless try to help les peuples of lower social and intellectual rank, then she should have to invest in some sort of unprecedented brain transplant surgery. Because the girl is an idiot. And that is souly what keeps her below the ranks of the position that she so desperately wants. It’s not that she’s mean, or misunderstood. Someone should just tell her she is a fucking moron. That’s it.

  13. mary jones

    @ #10

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  14. name 2

    OLIVIA PALERMO IS NOT SMART>> WHY SHE IS SHUNNED. I would like to take this space to write something about Olivia Palermo. I don’t care to blog, nor have I ever been so compelled to do so as I am today. In her infamous e-mail in which she begs for the New York social scene to accept her as a primped and prepared socialite, she unknowingly tears at the very fabric that is and upholds the social order of that insultated society. Such a plea is to remain unspoken. The e-mail itself contraditcs the order of things in the society which she so desperately touts as above the rest. However if she insists upon making such a plea, one that contradicts that over which she so gratuitously drools, but does not understand, she should be careful not to betray the laughable inadequecies of her wealthy yet under-educated breeding by the simple act of proof reading(i.e. having someone halfway literate edit her writing). Proof reading probably would have done her little good, as she spells “bear with me” using the “bare” of a more “naked “variety. If she wants to assert that she belongs in the tier of society that pities yet tireless tries to help les peuples of lower social and intellectual rank, then she should have to invest in some sort of unprecedented brain transplant surgery. Because the girl is an idiot. And that is souly what keeps her below the ranks of the position that she so desperately wants. It’s not that she’s mean, or misunderstood. Someone should just tell her she is a fucking moron. That’s it.

  15. Soup Or Fish Al

    Oh my GAWD. Congratulations #12. You are officially more irritating, irrelevant and annoying than any of the fucking retards that post their inane, nonsensical BULLSHIT on this site. *looks at todders*

    gah. nevermind. This site has officially jumped the fucking shark.

  16. name

    I am not trying to be a hate monger. I just think the girl would benefit from the realization that social order is based on an illusion. You are not born better than anyone else. She proves that by not being very smart despite what she’s been given.

  17. name

    whoever responded to me. your face has jumped the shark. and i’m never reading another post. toodles!

  18. name

    whoever responded to me. your face has jumped the shark. and i’m never reading another post. toodles!

  19. Soup Or Fish Al

    @ 17/18

    You better get your ass to bed, little missy. The (short) bus is coming to pick you up for school at 7am.

    (BTW. Nice comeback. What was your second choice– “I know you are, but what am I?”)

  20. lola

    You can’t get prosecuted for a PHOTO of allegedly smoking pot. It could be tobacco in a bong. Regardless of your views on the subject there really isn’t enough proof. It would also be a waste of taxpayer money to pursuit this further. I have Native American blood do my family has no family with the reefer. The free olde country of America makes a big deal out of this, but in all actuality it would creat A LOT of jobs to legalize pot. American could grow, sell, and resell. I don’t like it that much myself, but it isn’t addictive like hard drugs and it is natural from the earth.

  21. Bill

    That’s not a vagina!

  22. Joline

    His photos were seen at the millionaire & celebrity dating club____MillionaireLoving. C O M____last week. It is said he is already in relationship with a young pretty …maybe you also have the chance to date with a rich beauty there. Come on.

  23. It was all that talking about chucking the 2012 Olympics. People get panicky when an athlete talks about quiting the game.

  24. He is so capable, and I like him very much, I have seen him on _____Millionaireromances. com_____, I also met a lot of wealthy singles and celebs here. I am so lucky.

  25. Privileged douchebag star athlete beats the rap. Shocker.

  26. Ryan the Canadian

    The fact that marijuana is illegal is embarrassing. It grows out of the fucking ground. Some uptight asshole makes it illegal and everyone accepts it……fuck I hate people. You can smoke Winston’s (that have 0 effect except death and ass breath) and drink beer (and become a violent asshole) but you can’t use a weed that grows out of the ground to make you chilled and peaceful. How free are we? The USA loves to be hypocritical. In Canada, a young person smoking a bong is about as newsworthy as me posting on this site with the rest of you bored fucks…………The same people that create anti-marijuana laws are the same vapid cunts that believe in Noah’s Arc and the earth being 5,000 years old. NOT ENOUGH STRAITJACKETS FOR THESE PEOPLE…..when will young people wake up and take over??

  27. My

    If he were hot, I’d probably sympathize.

  28. Darth

    The fact that Michael Phelps honestly admitted it was marihuana what he was inhaling earns respect.To avoid charges he could have easily said it was otherwise.He’s bravely taken his responsibilty what you can expect from a true champ.

  29. Sauron

    He could have denied it but we all know what was in that bong! I’ll guess it was the right decision for him to admit.

  30. Lowlands

    #29 That’s right! People aren’t that retarded and blind like for example 30 years ago.#28 It’s your turn today to get us lunch! For me a fish and chips with vinegar and a cheese croissant.Get me some acai juice as well.

  31. Blah

    I always thought he was sooo ugly, but he actually looks kinda hot in that pic…kinda Ashton Kutcher-ish (yeh, I know A.K is a douche, but he’s still a handsome f*ucker!)

  32. people judged already: WE’RE DEALING HER WITH “AMERICAN” IDIOT, folks!!

  33. eggs

    @26, Digitalis, poppy, castor, ergot, belladonna and many other dangerous plants grow out of the ground too. Careful with your logic. Or rather, lack of thereof.

  34. Zed

    Yeah, ok, “a celebrity doesn’t get prosecuted for his crime.” Was the bong his (possession of drug paraphernalia) or merely passed to him? Was he really taking a hit or was he pretending? If Sheriff Rosco Purvis Coltrane wanted to prosecute him, the picture would have next to zero value as evidence in court. Nobody gets prosecuted successfully for pictures in the absence of physical evidence. But in any case, when the sheriff held a news conference to announce his decision, it was cut short when he spotted 2 young men sliding through the side windows into a ’69 Dodge Charger and he ran out after them yelling “I’m gonna git them boys!”

  35. Who even cares about this dude?

  36. Mr. Jones

    Meanwhile, the SC cops are busting all the kids who were around this jackass during the party. Check out the thesmokinggun.

    #11 is right – these SC morons are only dropping charges because they can’t fight Phelp’s team of high-paid lawyers.

    The only people who should be in jail are the ones who took the picture and sold it to the tabloids.

    And check this out – from what I understand, Phelps got popped some time ago for drunken driving. But we didn’t hear a peep about that. You engage in drunk driving, and risk killing innocent people, no big deal. But someone takes a picture of you hitting a water pipe.. EVERYONE FREAK OUT.

    Kellog’s drops him for hitting a bong, but not for drunk driving. Go figure that one out.

  37. I think he could have been charged – I guess he could claim it was tobacco he was smoking or something else if there was no evidence. I’m glad none of the other arrested witnesses came forward to claim they saw him smoking maryjane – yuppielovematch.com

  38. Dooley

    What’s going on with all these extraneous bullshit postings? Todders, name, and some of the others need to find another site to pester as this is getting old. How can we have a good celeb bash session when we have to wade through all this crap!

  39. havoc

    Of course there won’t be any charges. Celebs and athletes are above the law.
    Everyone knows that….just go into rehab.

    .

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  41. Fluffy Butt

    GASP! he actually looks semi attractive in that photo.
    .
    .
    DOUBLE GASP!

  42. jBiGGz

    i’ll smoke 2 that!

  43. Kelley

    Yay … happy about that. Excellent !!

  44. Jrz

    Score one for the ‘Heads!

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  46. 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 time 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 he is treated. Michael Phelps did a tremendous amount of work to achive what he did. Who can forget the pride we felt with the each gold medal Phelps won in China, how can we as Americans 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 any congressman or a senator; imagine the weight of millions of emails calling for a change in policy. Lets stop them from arresting college kids at parties in America.

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  47. master of the obvious

    You that say the photo is worthless as evidence are absolutely right! Know why? Because Daisy would show up at Phelps’ trial and prove how it was all Fake and Photoshop etc. etc.

    Also #12 – if you’re going to insult someone for bad spelling, you might want to spell correctly yourself. “Solely” as in “only” is not spelled “souly” – that would be something with an aura of soul. (Which you clearly do not have.)

  48. Dr.

    Must have felt sorry for the MONGOLOID.

  49. nastyjay

    and then who’s going to buy you a Ferrari full of hookers and blow? (Not counting Jared from Subway.)

    LOL THIS IS THE ONLY REASON I COME TO THIS SITE!
    oh, almost forgot… and to type some senseless bullshit hoping that ill ruin someones day. thx superfish

  50. Tru Dat

    My local grocery outlet store had all those corn flakes boxes w/ Phelps on the cover. I bought as many as I could & in a few months, sell ‘em on eBay. Stoners will buy anything.

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