Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps was suspended from competition for three months by USA Swimming, the latest backlash after a photo surfaced that showed him taking a hit off a bong. USA swimming also cut off its financial support to the swimmer.

“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,” the Colorado-based federation said in a statement. “Michael has voluntarily accepted this reprimand and has committed to earn back our trust.”

It has also been announced that Kellogg Co. won’t renew its sponsorship contract with Phelps, 23. The company, who featured the swimmer on Wheaties boxes following the Beijing Olympics, said his behavior is “not consistent with the image of Kellogg.”

Phelps hasn’t disputed the authenticity of the photo, taken at a Columbia, S.C. party in November.

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3 Responses

  1. coffee

    it’s ridiculous that Michael Phelps is getting so much flak from this supposed marijuana scandal… Since when have we taken the reporting of trashy tabloids so seriously anyway?

  2. Angela from GA

    I’m sorry but this is ridiculous!! Dude smoked from a bong….he wasn’t shooting up or anything. And honestly, how many people haven’t ever tried marijuana? It grows out of the ground, so people need to just chill out.

    Lets see…people get drunk and can go crazy, cause fights, cause wrecks, black-out. Or they can drink a little and ‘get the edge off’. What happens if you smoke too much?? You’ll just pass out. You don’t want to go out in your car and drive or try to fight anyone; or run over a little kid like the advertisements say..thats crazy! If anything you’ll get extremely happy or you’ll cry for some retarded reason… You sure as heck won’t try to go kill anyone!!!

    Didn’t Micheal Phelps win more gold medals than anyone in the Olympics?? Maybe the pot gave him an extra boost….because you know its such an enhancing drug, like steroids. Geezz people, get a life. Our country is going down the drain and we’re focused on a guy who went to a party?? What about the unemployment rate being so high…or the millions of kids without insurance b/c their parents can’t afford it. This country has to get it’s priorities straight quick.

    I really hope Obama can do something for this country. He inherited it in such a mess and already is telling people like it is….That’s what we need! And how he wants to talk to the US people through the web, not going through the media…amazing. Wow, I could go on for hours about all this…

    Screw Kellogg’s…..I won’t buy any of their items again. And I urge you all to voice your opinion too…this world wide web can be used for good and I think it’s about time that the American people stood up and said what was on their mind….not the richest people in American!


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