• Tue, Feb 3 2009

First Michael Phelps Sighting After Picture Scandal

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Olympic athlete Michael Phelps was seen entering a Baltimore swimming complex today, February 3rd. This is the first sighting of Phelps after the whole photo scandal blew up in his face.

A couple of days ago, a picture was released of Phelps smoking a bong at a university party. After the pictures was released, Phelps quickly issued an apology:

“I engaged in behavior which was regrettable and demonstrated bad judgment,” Phelps said. “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.”

The International Olympic Committee has accepted Michael Phelps apology and made this statement:

"Michael Phelps is a great Olympic champion," the IOC said in a statement e-mailed to The Associated Press on Monday. "He apologized for his inappropriate behavior. We have no reason to doubt his sincerity and his commitment to continue to act as a role model."

Today, reports are circulating that Phelps could actually face charges from the incident. Richland County, S.C., Sheriff Leon Lott told the New York Post that if he can determine that Phelps did smoke pop in his jurisdiction, then he will press charges.

"This case is no different than any other case," Lott told the Post. "This one might be a lot easier since we have photographs of someone using drugs and a partial confession. It’s a relatively easy case once we can determine where the crime occurred."

Do you think Michael Phelps should face charges?

Sources: FOX News, ESPN, NY Times

Image Credit: Splashnews.com

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