Someday celebs will learn that there is always a camera around. News of the World nabbed a shot of Olympic record gold medal winner Michael Phelps smoking pot from a bong.
Olympic chiefs have announced laws that require four-year bans for taking drugs and, if Phelps tests positive for marijuana (which takes about a week to test clean with a urine test, more for hair… uh, not that I know from personal experience or anything), his hopes of a bid at the 2012 games in London could be dashed.
NOTW’s account includes desperate pleas from Phelp’s camp not to run the story, with several “extraordinary incentives” not to run the photo.
According to witness accounts, Phelps partied for two days in November in South Carolina and that’s when the pot pic was taken. The site quotes a party-goer as saying, “He was out of control from the moment he got there.
“If he continues to party like that I’d be amazed if he ever won any more medals again.”
He was at a house party at the University of South Carolina for the huffing and puffing on Nov. 6. He was visiting Jordan Matthews, a girl he was secretly seeing who was a student there.
Another source said “Michael came to visit Jordan but ended up just getting wasted every night. … He arrived with a group of girls hanging all over him. Jaws hit the floor when he walked in. You don’t get many celebrities in Columbia, so when Phelps comes to your party it’s a very big deal.
“He didn’t know many people so you’d think he’d be a little shy. But he was loud, obnoxious and slamming beers from the get-go.
“Every girl wanted a piece of him and every guy wanted to be his best buddy. He couldn’t get enough of all the attention.”
He was drinking the entire time and didn’t hesitate to light up, claims the source.
“You could tell Michael had smoked before. He grabbed the bong and a lighter and knew exactly what to do.
“He looked just as natural with a bong in his hands as he does swimming in the pool. He was the gold medal winner of bong hits. Michael ended up getting a little paranoid, though, because before too long he looked like he was nervous and ran out of the place.”