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February 5, 2009

Michael Phelps punished by USA Swimming with suspension

Though extra-legal and thus not a traditional sentencing, this AP story details that Michael Phelps is already being punished for being caught taking a bong hit:

Michael Phelps has been suspended from competition for three months by USA Swimming, the latest fallout from a photo that showed the Olympic great inhaling from a marijuana pipe. The sport's national governing body also cut off its financial support to Phelps for the same three-month period, effective Thursday.

"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 federation said in a statement. "Michael has voluntarily accepted this reprimand and has committed to earn back our trust."

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UPDATE:  The New York Times has more coverage here of the Phelps photograph fallout, as well as a long piece here about a sum wrestler in Japan getting even more grief for admitting marijuana use.  It seems that reefer madness is not just an American syndrome.

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So silly. It's not like he was photographed consuming something dangerous like alcohol.

USA Swimming has sent a bad message and has disappointed me. And I looked up to that organization, too.

Posted by: DK | Feb 5, 2009 11:34:05 PM

it seems 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?

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Posted by: hamatydmd | Feb 6, 2009 9:50:12 AM

Since when have we taken the reporting of trashy tabloids so seriously?

Not sure what this means. Phelps has confirmed that the photo is real and that he was smoking marijuana in South Carolina.

3 months is a slap on the wrist. This probably puts USA Swimming in a difficult position. They're not about to say that certain crimes their highest-profile member commits on his own time are ok by them as long as they don't involve moral turpitude or steroids... but at the same time this shouldn't be a big deal. I think they handled it well.

The people who expect USA Swimming to suddenly back the stoners' rights movement are being unrealistic and unreasonable.

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Posted by: ab | Feb 6, 2009 10:02:40 AM

Michael Phelps proves he is just a boy and not a real man. If he was a real man he could change America right now, and defend his actions. He should choose truth over hypocrisy. Why doesn't he say that if an Olympian record-holder can smoke marijuana once in a while, then are we so sure that marijuana is so harmful? Why doesn't he say, "look, I smoke marijuana, it's not a performance-enhancing drug, yet I can perform at a world-class level. leave me alone, all my success comes from swimming fast, why should anything else matter?"

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