And yet... he admitted to it. Here he is, from the Associated Press:
"I engaged in behavior which was regrettable and demonstrated bad judgment,"
Phelps said in the statement released by one of his agents. "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."
News flash- Michael Phelps also hangs out in Vegas strip clubs, drinks booze, and totally takes advantage of the scads of pussy his fame grants him. *GASP!* Come on. He's 23. Would you any different? Especially if, for the first time in your young life, you went from being "that dorky dude with the Dumbo ears that never leaves the pool" to being the supreme god of all things athletic?
If you want to be a bastion of morality and eliminate people that have ever rocked the ganj from your life- you would have to remove the president from office, stop watching TV, throw out all your books and delete every single song from your iPod that you've ever listened to.
The real crime here? That Michael Phelps didn't appear to understand what the bright flashy thing was that went off in the hand of the weird guy that ran away shouting "Yes!!! CHACCHHHINGGGG!!"