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Phelps On Bong-Gate: "It Was A Bad Mistake"

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Michael Phelps has sat down for his first televised interview since that little picture was seen round the world. He spoke with NBC News' Matt Lauer for the Today, airing, this Friday.

Portions of the interview have been released, and Phelps totally pussies out on answering the touch questions.

Here are some of the HIGHlight!

On how Michael found out about the bong toke seen the world:

"…It was through an e-mail form. And I had no idea really what to do. You know, I knew that I'd made a mistake and made a bad judgment. And– and, you know, I know that when you do make a mistake, you know, you're responsible for all of the consequences. And I was willing to, you know, accept the fact that I did make a mistake."

His reaction to losing numerous endorsements:

"It's not about money to me. So, you know, the– the contract side of things, yeah, I was disappointed. But, you know, I think the biggest thing is– is who I hurt the most. Like, if I lost money, okay. It's not an issue with me."

The details of the celebration where the infamous picture was snapped:

"I mean, we were just celebrating, honestly. And– you know, there was probably two or three people there I didn't know. It was a very small group. Six or seven people probably total in the whole house. Like nothing major. You know, not like a giant college house party. It was nothing like that. It was just a small group and we were just sitting around and celebrating."

How Michael feels about partaking in the green stuff:

"It was a bad mistake. I mean, we all know what, you know, what you and I are talking about. It's a stupid mistake. You know, bad judgment. And it's something that, you know, I have to, and I want to teach other people not to make that mistake."


Can't wait to watch him squirm in the hot seat!

[Image via WENN.]

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106 comments to “Phelps On Bong-Gate: "It Was A Bad Mistake"”

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  1. dd says – reply to this


    Yea you know that I know that you know that I know……..

  2. 2

    love him

  3. 3

    Mike , find that douche who took and sold the pic and stomp a mudhole in his ass!

  4. 4

    Great swimmer. Not-so-great speaker.

  5. 5


  6. 6

    Poor Guy! Rough!

  7. 7

    am i first??? uh, yeah..anyways by now i doubt i am

  8. 8

    Why oh why is it perfectly legal to partake of Valerian Root to relax and not marijuana???? This kid will apologize for anything at this pointl LEAVE MICHAEL ALONE!!

  9. 9

    fuck that……fuck 'em all…………..no apologies for a little binger…..none…..never

  10. 10

    wtf does he have to sorry about….alcohol is 10x more dangerous and addictive…and anyone who states differently needs to learn how to read…it was just a little pot …move on…btw suk it Kelloggs i'm going with a more enlightened breakfast food

  11. 11

    Dude, I have no problem with Phelps except his abuse of the phrase "you know"

  12. 12

    weed is awesome and michael phelps knows it. be a man and say it.

  13. 13

    st-stutter? he's hot but probably trying to hide something…

  14. 14


    whats stupid is how the united states of america is so fucking anti drug that they waste millions of dollars on their stupid prevention campaigns. people who are going to use will use. in canada we are so lax about that shit. you can walk down the street in t.o with a joint or here in my city and nobody gives a fuck. Honestly. SO fucking stupid. the states has their fucking tight asses in a knot about weed but WHEN BROWN BEATS UP RHIANNA ITS VIRTUALLY IGNORED BY MAINSTREAM MEDIA… give me a break the guys career should be over but we are all turning a blind eye to it. meanwhile nOBODY can forget phelps and his bong. IT SHOULD BE THE OTHER WAY AROUND. CHRIS BROWN SHOULD be DONE. FINISHED. and phelps, a major GOLD MEDALIST ATHLETE should be praised for what he does. he should be remembered for his athleticism not this stupid shit. FUCK CHRIS BROWN.




  15. 15

    Re: harrybalsac – AMEN! The rat partied with him, then pulls a huge betrayal. Did the picture-taker receive money for revealing the photo? Does anyone know?

  16. 16

    Unless he's there for another reason I would just let it go. It's all but blown over and why bring it all up again, unless he is going to tell young kids not to use. ♥

  17. 17

    The best thing for him to do now would be to just come out and say: "YOu know what? yeah, I smoke dope and so does 90% of college ppl, and probably 80% of ppl my age. Stop making such a big deal about it like if the picture showed me doing heorin or something … everyone smokes dope, deal with it."

  18. 18

    Pretty sad and pretty typical. Celebrity status opens all the wounds……..

  19. 19

    Re: theresalongo – You are so right. Chris Brown's music sales have not suffered at all. Why does he earn a pass but Michael Phelps gets some endorsements dropped? Brown's crime is far greater than Phelps'. (By the way, I am an American. Please don't judge us all in the same mold).

  20. 20

    phelps will now be swimming for the netherlands instead of the U.S.

  21. 21

    the guy has been training like crazy for YEARS, probably not having much of a life, let him enjoy himself a bit! this shouldn't take away from the fact that he won 8 fucking gold medals. and people, let the one who has not sinned cast the first stone, you know ;)

  22. 22

    Re: manaqueen – You don't get it. PHELPS CAN'T SAY WHAT HE REALLY FEELS. His entire lucrative future depends on it.

  23. 23


  24. 24

    Michael Phelps loses his endorsements for sucking on a little weed and Chris Brown keeps his after beating the shit out of his girlfriend. What twisted priorities we have. Just another reason why the way our country is run is bringing on it's destruction.

  25. 25

    so fyi he is most likely lying about the like know almost everyone one there.. If the band that showed up that named Holiday Parade aren't lying. BAsically they were invited there and a while back posted a blog about it on their site.. it was a huge ass frat party and shit.. he didn't know half the peeps there. nice try covering your ass

  26. 26

    are you fucking kidding me?! this was not a mistake, it's something almost every person - young, old, crazy - do everyday. if he likes pot so much as many of us do here in the u.s., then fight it! help with the decriminalization and legalization of marijuana!

    talk about a dog with his tail between his legs. fuck, it's not like he's in ACTUAL trouble. BE A MAN

  27. 27

    It is so sad that his body is so hot and his face looks like a horse.

  28. 28

    Re: dd
    LOL yah i know

  29. 29

    Just legalize it already. The courts are so backlogged with these petty charges, it is taking up valuable court and law enforcement dollars when our economy can't handle it. We can't afford to put these people in jail. Legalize it and increase tourism as well as create a new industry. If they legalize it our economy will improve - stoners love to eat. If Lily Allen was stoned on weed she would never have attacked anyone.

    Puff Puff Pass - that's how its done folks.

  30. 30

    I can't believe I'm gonna agree with "harrybalsac"…. but the asshole who took the picture and made it public is the real issue to me. Why isn't anyone trying to find out who it is? I think Phelps should stop apologizing!

  31. 31

    Re: Woody McBreairty

    Chris Brown did not keep his endorsements! He was dropped by Wrigley's, Got Milk and many stations stopped playing his music.

  32. 32

    I dont get it. This guy is what 22-23 years old and and worked and trained his ass off for years and reached the goal that no one else has. He wants to relax an re-join the real world for just a brief moment before he has to go back into training mode. And he gets crucified for this!?!?! I reject the sponsors that have dropped him. Maybe if he would have screwed around fathered 14 kids, beat his girlfriend and gone to "rehab" for his drug and sex addiction he could have been a celebrity. As it is he is just a guy that won a bunch of gold medals. Hope the guy that set him up, took the pic and sold it enjoys the money he got.

  33. 33

    no micheal, i DONT know!

  34. Celt says – reply to this


    Come on! Don't apologize….the only mistake he made was letting someone get a picture of him. So he smoked some weed….it's not like he went on a killing rampage.

  35. 35

    Can he sound any dumber?

  36. 36

    i think he didn't say "you know" enough.
    the problem is that if he was never caught and if there weren't any consequences, he would never feel sorry about it.
    he's sorry for the trouble that it has caused, not for the actual action. there is nothing wrong with smoking weed. it sucks that he has to be pressured into apologizing for that.

  37. 37

    Jeez, Michael Phelps needs to stop apologizing!!! He also needs to stop saying "you know" so much……

  38. T & B says – reply to this


    legalize it.

  39. 39

    they need to get over that shit i mean the real question is who hasnt done that stuff??? honestly?

  40. 40

    People need to get off his ass. He smoked a little pot. BFD

  41. 41

    i mean you know i just wanted to you know smoke a little you know herb and you know chill…

  42. 42

    you know you know you know you know you know you know you know you know you know you know you know you know you know you know you know you know you know you know you know you know you know you know you know you know you know you know you know you know you know you know you know you know you know you know you know you know you know you know you know you know you know you know you know you know you know you know you know you know you know you know you know you know you know you know you know you know you know you know

    geez. learn a new phrase, you know.

  43. 43

    i have to say i think this was an exception for him he is after all a major jock
    piss test galore without notice! plus if these dudes are shaving their head/legs/arms just to get a 1/20th of a second less on time im thinking he cant be smoking too much weed,i agree we need to let this kid live his
    btw im going to party up in canada the training that he worked on for years and years this is bullshit,so having a shot of everclear is cool but a hit off a bong and your dogmeat,

  44. 44

    Are you shitting me bitch. He smoked some fuckin weed. He didn't beat the shit out of anybody..He's not doing Tina or coke or some deadly drug. And he just made the great USA looked look incredible around the world at the Olympics. How Fuckin sad how he has been treated & I'm not a huge fan !!! And Perez you are a judgmental turd girl…I would love to unfold my dick from my pantyhose and dick-slap you bitch !!!

  45. 45

    If he says the words either "Bad mistake" or "Bad judgment", one more time, I think I'm going to shoot myself… seriously. Please…… just stop already. He has like arrested development or something.

  46. 46

    Could he please say 'you know' one more time? It's like listening to someone who says like all the time!

  47. 47

    Michael, if you don't need the money, someone else could use it!!!!! There are millions of people who are unemployed who could use the money, give it to charity, I could think of a # of uses for it. Just give it to me and I'll handle the rest.

  48. 48






  49. Gum18 says – reply to this


    you know..

  50. 50

    i looooooooove him more then anyone on ths planet butt there was not 6 or 7 people there.wtf. liessss. my friend was actually at that party and there was waaaay more then 7 people there

  51. 51

    Oh Mikey don't feel so bad, one day you too can be President of the United
    States of America too.just like boooooobama……..

    you need to try crack like booooobama for that to happen

  52. 52

    his everyother word is "you know", haha.

  53. 53

    this has got to be fake.
    mario, did you have your hired typist to type this up for you?
    or does michael really say 'you know' that much

    i dont know what to believe

  54. 54

    My teeth are a bad mistake.
    My horrible misshapened toes and yellow cornflake-like toenails are a bad mistake.
    My DUI was a bad mistake.
    My bong action was a bad mistake.
    My Chicos FAS fat MOMMA was a bad mistake.
    And chicken, and seafood, and so forth and on and on and on…..YAWN!

  55. 55

    He needs to stick to smoking used tampons and dicks.

  56. 56

    more power to phelps! smoke up buddy! hes in better shape and richer than most critics so who gives a fuck let the man smoke some damn weed!

  57. 57

    he's so sweet! he genuinely knew that he had made a mistake, and he was so honest about it. that's what a real person should be back. i knew that because of his integrity and morals, he wouldn't fail from this little episode. go michael phelps!

  58. 58

    Meh at least he didn't beat anyone up.

  59. 59

    My teeth are a bad mistake.
    My horrible misshapened toes and yellow cornflake-like toenails are a bad mistake.
    My DUI was a bad mistake.
    My bong action was a bad mistake.
    My Chicos FAS fat MOMMA was a bad mistake.
    And chicken, and seafood, and so forth and on and on and on…..YAWN!

  60. 60

    Yeah…you gotta watch those "touch" questions!! WTF?! He sounds like a burn-out, anyway…with all the "like"s and "you know"s he managed to put in each and every sentence!!

  61. 61


  62. MP says – reply to this


    Did he go to the Caroline Kennedy school of speech prep? You know you know you know. You'd think his "people" would've prepared him better for that interview.

  63. 63

    you know you know you know you know you know…..is all I got from this interview. man he's dumber than a bucket of rocks.

  64. 64

    you know he just smoked a little weed you know its not that bad you know he was just celebrating you know

    hahaha gag me
    dumb ass
    i love him
    but god you can only say you know so many times before you look really dumb

  65. Lo says – reply to this


    do you think he says 'you know' enough?

  66. 66

    What's the big deal? It's just a bit of herbal delight to relax from his tremendous, hard work.
    I know it's a "drug" and it doesn't look good for his image and for the younger peeps, but hell, who gives a sh!t!! He didn't ask to be in the center of attention or to be scrutinize, he is an athelete! And actually really good at something, isn't that more valuable than 40% or more of bulls!it acts out there!?
    The problem is, people built every single athelete, artist, actor or hollywood personality into this huge deal before getting to know them and bring the "star" to ridiculous celebrity status and then they are completely annihilated!
    SUcks balls for them!

  67. 67

    People who say "you know" every five seconds should be lined up and shot.

  68. 68

    Michael Phelps is my Fuckin hero!!!!…..KEEP TOKIN!!!!

  69. 69

    SO stupid. all the effort he put forth to achieve incredible shit, and people are worried bout him smoking weed??? That really says some lame shit about societal values. He seems kinda retarded, yes, but he doesn’t deserve to lose all his glory over smoking weed. people should be ashamed of themselves for discrediting him over something so unimportant, and as many have said, that everyone does, or has done. it should be legal anyway fucking way.

  70. 70

    LEAVE PHELPS ALONE!!!!!!!!!!

  71. 71

    YOU KNOW…………….

  72. 72

    Re: Woody McBreairty – excellent point

  73. 73

    If smoking pot gets you more gold medals than anyone else in history, hey…go right ahead. You don't see THAT on any anti-weed commercials. Booyah

  74. 74

    Apparently he doesn't know anything but you know.

  75. 75


  76. 76

    Michael Phelps is a young man who was sold out. Mario you probably do illegal things too, but you just haven't been caught. Enough already - leave him alone.

  77. 77

    He did nothing wrong!

  78. 78

    I hate the fact that media is forcing him to apologize… he was off duty, just having fun with his friends! This is way too much!

  79. 79

    well, you know, I don't think that, you know, just cuz he smoked some dope, you know, that he should be condemned, you know, for the rest of his life! to me, it was no big deal, you know???

  80. 80

    Re: uncle eldon – You cannot be serious. Chill out and have a bong.

  81. 81

    Yes I do know Michael. I know that you totally douched out on your own generation.

    Good day to you Sir!!

  82. 82

    I don't think he is much of a talker, hopefully this will sound less disjointed when it is heard rather than read. I think he is handling it pretty well, although i would like to know what he did when he first saw it!

  83. 83

    Its not that serious…Itz just cannibis…a herbal remedy…I'm from Jamaica and weed is like oxygen(seriously)….that would mean my whole Island needs to apologize?…hell naw…keep puffing Phelps…next time just make sure u get a Cannibis Card!…

  84. 84

    Its not that serious…Itz just cannibis…a herbal remedy…I'm from Jamaica and weed is like oxygen(seriously)….that would mean my whole Island needs to apologize?…hell naw…keep puffing Phelps…next time just make sure u get a Cannibis Card!…

    myspace.com/hempresscannibissativa - - New Music

  85. 85


  86. 86

    Re: jimmyjazz – #61.

  87. 87

    i'm ok with smoking pot, but not about being inarticulate. read books, michael; you need to expand your vocabulary, *you know*.

  88. 88

    What mistake??
    He smoked a bit of pot. Who cares?
    The only mistake here is the outdated marijuana laws that should have been changed years ago.

  89. 89

    what a dumbass- all he had to say is that it was a tobacco pipe - never underestimate the power of denial… there was no physical evidence…

  90. 90

    Can you count the "you know"s that helps him to express himself? Spoken like a true bonghead!

  91. 91

    lollllllllll perez

  92. 92

    I feel bad for the guy. Come on ppl, he won 8 gold medals at the olympics, what more do you want from him?? It was WEED for christ sake!

  93. 93

    Honestly, who cares. He made a mistake and is now paying the consequences…but then again, what guy his age (his early 20's I believe) hasn't experimented, or done something stupid!!

  94. 94

    Not only is this guy fug, he's stupid too…you know….

  95. Paty says – reply to this


    You know, you know, you know…he talks like a kid and acted like a kid.
    I feel sorry for him.
    Pathetic interview. He could have done a lot better if he learned how to speak to the midia.

  96. 96

    fuck yea michael,
    smoke that weed!

  97. 97

    Seriously, how many times does he have to say "you know"?

  98. 98

    Oh big fucking deal! He had some bong hits! It's not like he was shooting up or anything. Just legalize it already. It's nothing to freak out about GEEZ!!!

  99. @v@ says – reply to this


    It was also a very bad mistake to think that amoral rat-douchebag camera toting ethicless fellow partiers wouldn't sell out their own Mom for a plug nickel.

  100. 100

    stop saying, "ya know"!!! we know!

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