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Michael Phelps Explains Pot Pic

Michael Phelps Explains Pot Pic

Olympic champion Michael Phelps speaks candidly to NBC’s Matt Lauer about the night he was photographed smoking pot from a bong, the impact it has had on his career, and why its important for him to return his focus back to what he loves most, his family and swimming. Here are some interview snippets:

On how he found out about the pot pic: “I forgot how it was. Somewhere in– it was through an e-mail form. And I had no idea really what to do. You know, I knew that I’d made a mistake and made a bad judgment. And– and, you know, I know that when you do make a mistake, you know, you’re responsible for all of the consequences. And I was willing to, you know, accept the fact that I did make a mistake.”

On what happened the night of the pic was taken: “I mean, we were just celebrating, honestly. And– you know, there was probably two or three people there I didn’t know. It was a very small group. Six or seven people probably total in the whole house. Like nothing major. You know, not like a giant college house party. It was nothing like that. It was just a small group and we were just sitting around and celebrating.”

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  • Hen

    Yeah, Mariah Carey is great. The best voice ever!

  • dIANA

    what a freaking loser!!

  • lauren

    he’s a goon

  • Nora

    Hen, are you crazy?! Nobody cares about that screeching hag, Mariah Carey. Quit posting about her in random topics.

  • lakers fan in boston

    he always sounds like a fucking ret@rd
    he must have said “you know” like a dozen times

  • Twifanatic Amanda

    I’ve been over him for awhile and the excuses are annoying

  • fresh

    lol– why is he apologizing AGAIN? Enoughs enough. You smoke weed—-so what—no one really cares. Now you look like a loser, trying to apologize for being yourself.

  • OMG

    Will there ever be a celeb that is just honest without the bs when they caught getting doing something stupid. Making up dumb excuses only makes you sound dumber My. Phelps. Agree with comment #5.


    He’s ugly and irrelevant.

  • Madonna

    He’s ugly and irrelevant.

  • escape


  • ER

    It’s not a mistake when you are a worldly, savvy person. He knew EXACTLY what he was doing and now he’s making excuses. You messed up Mike and there’s no turning the clock back.

  • Cynthia

    Everyone is just over reacting. He did pot. Who cares? It’s not like he beat up his girlfriend or anything. This is stupid. I know lot’s of successful people who have experimented w/this sorta stuff. He’s a talented Olympian. Who freakin cares if he’s tried pot. Matt your wrong. The memory I’ll have of Michael Phelps is that amazing race when they beat the dumba** french! Thanks USA especially Lezak.

  • ssshhhii_baby

    Leave the poor boy alone. Whoopi! He tried pot. Big f.cuking deal. next

  • Mountains out of mole-hills

    Silly to make such a fuss over this. Most young people will try it at least once at some point in their lives even if only out of curiosity. There are a lot worse things he could have done and a lot worse drugs he could have tried. Actually alcohol is harder on the body and impairs a person more. At least he hasn’t been caught driving while drunk! And I agree – time to move on. This has been played to death.

  • tom

    It’s not just the pot issue. Ever since his new found fame after the Olympics, he has been more than experimenting with the ‘bad side’. His choice of girlfriends says alot. They are trashy girls who expose more of themselves than the public wants to see.

  • Halli

    He looks like John Kerry!

  • mike

    oh tom shut up worry about your own life…..and how do you know he wasnt like that before???? its just now hes in the spotlight so you see it more…its whatever…leave the kid alone like their aren’t more important things going on now days!!!

  • BB

    MMM,A Sockless Matt Lauer is the best Matt Lauer!!

  • thomas

    Well, agree or not with pot use is a personal decision, but people jsut forget that it is a CRIME still! Other thing important to remember is if a regular guy uses pot he would be in jail but Phelps not, in his case it was just a “mistake”.

    Other point is he is an athlete, he kept all his life saying he is against drugs and so on , but he did that, ok it was out of the pool , but still a lie.
    That was a shame really.

    Law SHOULD be for everyone, tha tis what democracy is about

  • ricardo


    Sorry he can not go to jail because he didn’t get caught, he is in a picture, not in his car or ….
    It wasn’t a mistake, of course, I think he was doing something really normal, depends what you think is normal…in amesterdan it is, in california depending it is…then worry about your life, and forget about oders.
    Law is for everyone, including michael phelps, because if you do remember he was in jail for DIU. OK???

  • heather

    Well I’ll be watchin’. Yes he made a mistake and I hope he knows better next time to not smoke where there’s camera phones in plain view. I’m sure he’ll put this behind him and get back to doing what he does best, living free and swimming hard.

    BTW – is he still seeing Caz?

  • newport beach, 92660

    > poor michael .
    smoked a bong , now everyone is after him . :(

    i just hope that when he decides to smoke again
    he remembers to do it PRIVATELY .

    audrey ♥ :)

  • OH MY

    I’m sorry Mike, no amount of pot smoking will help your fugliness. Just get back on the shortbus and go home. Beep, beep!

  • shenanyginz

    are we still talking about this?

  • julio cesar

    libera a maconha no brasil porra liberdade pro cara fumar faz bem pra saude kkkkk


    He should use a vaporizer next time ..

  • Weeeed man

    They should give him his 9th medal! What a fucking champ, smokin and winning baby, keep it up! Everyone else hating on him smokin pot need to find better shit to do, hes a phenom and the fact that he smokes pot makes him even better. BYE HATERS

  • uglysexy

    oh god …the olympic committee and subway are making this dweeb recant? as if the former subway mascot hasn’t done every vegas trick in the book on dubs…give me a break and matt lauer ought to go boil his head as the arbiter of tsk tsk phoney middle and upper middle class
    american values…give me a break…..every kind o isht is going on morning noon and night in this country and it’s time we call off the dogs of the old tired phoney morality structure which has no value and call it a day people

  • moni

    he´s soo fucking STUPID ,poor guy really


    He comes across as a nice guy, but extremely naive and rather stupid. I’m not trying to be mean here, it’s just a fact.

  • Anonymous

    This misery was created by jealous people……. they saw him smoke a bong once and quickly took snaps to defame him……. That is what America is really about : trying to reduce talented people to compensate for jealousy. To make money not by talent and achievement but by cheap tricks…………. He was stupid to trust former “friends”. He was not used to the sinister aspect of fame……..that in the same hand people give, they also try and take. When you are famous you cannot : dress casually, have facial expression, have sexual climaxes, go to the bathroom, be ill, be old, be overweight, be self expressive or engage in hedonism. Essentially you cant appear to be a human in public………..but what you really can’t have is superficial, backstabbing friends.
    all you want to talk about to define his character is if he took a bong hit at a party with friends ? YOU ARE UP YOUR OWN ASSES !!!!

    Phelps holds the record for the most gold medals at a single Olympics, his eight at the 2008 Beijing Games surpassing American swimmer Mark Spitz’s seven gold performance at Munich in 1972.

    Overall, Phelps has won 16 Olympic medals: six gold and two bronze at Athens in 2004, and eight gold at Beijing in 2008. In doing so he has twice equaled the record eight medals of any type at a single Olympics achieved by Soviet gymnast Alexander Dityatin at the 1980 Moscow Summer Games. His five golds in individual events tied the single Games record set by Eric Heiden in the 1980 Winter Olympics and equaled by Vitaly Scherbo at the 1992 Summer Games. Phelps career Olympic medal total is second only to the 18 Soviet gymnast Larissa Latynina won over three Olympics, including nine gold.

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    #12 : YOU PETTY IDIOT……………how many medals did you ever win ?…………….none ……………..of course……………..but you can judge his character cant you ?…………BIG NEWS : NOBODY CARES. HE WASN’T CHARGED FOR ANY CRIME …………..AND………..HE IS STILL AND HE IS STILL THE BEST OLYMPIC IN THE ENTIRE WORLD.

  • Shemp lugosi

    The fact that he’s calling it a “big mistake” means he’s a big loser. I liked him before the potpic, liked him MUCH better after it, don’t like him at all now that he’s kowtowing to his corporate sponsors. Plus the fact that he’s giving an interview to scumbag mayonnaise-on-white-bread-sandwich Matt Lauer just pulls him further down the drain! Face it, Phelps. You coulda been a contender, but you turned into a pussycat without the cat.

  • gerard vandenberg

    Americans loove to explain things?
    ……………………….NAIVITY RULES!!

  • Nancyd

    i hate his freakin smile!!! GAG

  • cheninator

    what an ugly motherf*cker, someone needs to stick a bag over his face

  • cheninator

    what an ugly motherf*cker, someone needs to stick a bag over his face

  • Melissa

    Love you Michael, your the best, your doing everything you need to do, for those who don’t like it, screw them. They don’t matter.

  • woof

    Nothing to explain…you play; you pay. Bye bye endorsements.

  • anon

    He’s only sorry because he got caught…if he didn’t, do you really think he’d confess to doing it? No…he’s just afraid of losing his endoresements and money….he knew he was a role model and he chose to smoke pot anyways. His loss, I do not feel sorry for him. You made your bed now lie in it.

  • Custom T

    I thought this whole thing was over with? Leave him alone!