TAMPA, Fla. – Olympic great Michael Phelps has acknowledged "regrettable" behaviour and "bad judgment" after a photo in a British newspaper showed him smoking marijuana.
In a statement released to The Associated Press, the swimmer who won a record eight gold medals at the Beijing Games conceded the authenticity of the exclusive picture published Sunday by the tabloid News of the World.
Phelps said: "I engaged in behaviour which was regrettable and demonstrated bad judgment. 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."
No more really needs to be said, other than...Why?
Okay, I know why, but sheesh, ya just hope that this one is going to be different, this one is going to be like those of old, this one is going to make us proud...oh well, nuttin' funnier than people as someone I know and love always says.