Jay-Z Comes To Michael Phelps’ Defense

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Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps made headlines last January when a picture of the gold medalist smoking marijuana was posted in a British newspaper.

A number of people have spoken out against Phelps and others in support of the swimmer. In a recent interview with Cigar Aficionado magazine rapper Jay-Z explained that people shouldn’t be so quick to shun Phelps after one mistake.

“You look at all these people who graduated from Princeton and Harvard, who are supposed to be pillars of the community, every day [they’re] in the newspaper arrested for some kind of financial fraud,” Jay-Z explained. “Then you look at someone like Michael Phelps. He’s 23. What’s he gonna do? He’s a kid. He’s going to experiment.”

A fan of rap, Phelps is sure to be elated by Jay-Z’s comments. Last year Phelps expressed his love for Hip Hop in an interview with Time magazine [click to read].

“I listen to hip hop and rap to sort of help me get focused, to get ready to get up and do what I’m there do. It helps me to tune everything out, and take one step at time,” Phelps told Time magazine when asked what he listens to before races. “A lot of the new stuff is what I have on my MP3 player. I don’t really have any favorites, but right now, it might be Young Jeezy; I just listen to whatever comes on.”

Shortly after the pictures of Phelps smoking marijuana were published, he issued an apology explaining that he “acted in a youthful and inappropriate way” and that he greatly regrets what he did.

Michael Phelps Won’t Face Pot Charges

(CNN) — Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps will not face criminal charges in connection with a November party at which he was photographed using a bong, a South Carolina sheriff said Monday.

“We do not believe we have enough evidence to prosecute anyone” who was at the party in Columbia, South Carolina, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott told reporters, adding that authorities are ending their investigation into Phelps.phelps_516_0102_25518a3

“We had a photo, and we had him saying he was sorry for his inappropriate behavior,” Lott said. “That behavior could have been going to a party. … He never said, ‘I smoked marijuana.’ He never confessed to that. We didn’t have physical evidence. We didn’t have enough where we could go arrest him.”

Phelps, 23, who won a record eight gold medals at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, admitted “regrettable behavior” after a British newspaper published the photograph about two weeks ago. The tabloid News of the World showed Phelps using the bong during what it said was a November party at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. VideoWatch the sheriff say he won’t prosecute Phelps »

A bong is a device commonly used to smoke marijuana. University police and Columbia police both said they would not pursue charges against Phelps.

Lott said he has not spoken to Phelps, but hopes the swimming champion has learned from his mistakes and is willing to share an anti-drug message with children.

Phelps said Monday he had learned some “important lessons” from the incident. Continue reading

UPDATE: Mike Phelps Suspended from USA Swimming

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(CNN) — Olympic hero Michael Phelps was suspended from competitive swimming for three months on Thursday — just hours after one of his sponsors announced it would not renew his contract after a photo surfaced of him smoking from a bong.phelps_02_0102_25520a1

USA Swimming, the nation’s governing body for competitive swimming, said it was withdrawing financial support for Phelps and barring him from competition during the period of his “reprimand.”

“This is not a situation where any anti-doping rule was violated, but we decided to send a strong message to Michael because he disappointed so many people, particularly the hundreds of thousands of USA Swimming-member kids who look up to him as a role model and a hero,” they said in a statement.

“Michael has voluntarily accepted this reprimand and has committed to earn back our trust,” the statement continued.

Earlier Thursday, Kellogg Co. said it will not renew Phelps’ advertising contract.

“Michael’s most recent behavior is not consistent with the image of Kellogg,” company spokeswoman Susanne Norwitz said. “His contract expires at the end of February, and we have made a decision not to extend his contract.”

Norwitz said Kellogg’s relationship with Phelps began with the company’s support of the U.S. Olympic team. Kellogg did not renew its sponsorship of the team when it expired in December, she said. Continue reading

Kellogg to drop Mike Phelps

Damn, I guess its fair to say they ain’t no fans of Jordan Tower’s Smoke-a-thon?

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Kellogg Co. said Thursday that it will drop its endorsement deal with Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps following his acknowledgment he inhaled from a marijuana pipe.

The 23-year-old swimming star has apologized for his “regrettable” behavior and “bad judgment” after a photo appeared Sunday in the British tabloid News of the World that showed Phelps inhaling from a marijuana pipe.

Most of his major sponsors, such as Visa Inc., Speedo, luxury Swiss watchmaker Omega and sports beverage PureSport’s maker Human Performance Labs, stood by the athlete following the news, even if they didn’t condone his behavior. Continue reading