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

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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Mar 12, 2009 18:25pm PDT

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