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Olympic Teammates Show Support for Michael Phelps

February 03, 2009 05:45:09 GMT

Some of Michael Phelps' Olympic teammates show their support for him hot on the heels of his marijuana-smoking pic scandal, wishing him nothing but the best.


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While Michael Phelps' future in the sports world is yet to be determined following his smoking-marijuana picture, his Olympic teammates have been very supportive of him. Contrary to the many negative reviews and publication that the record-breaking Olympian swimmer has been receiving in the past few days, his friends tend to defend him over his conduct.

"This in no way, shape or form diminishes anything he's done," fellow swimmer Dara Torres tells the Associated Press in a statement. "It's sort of a double-edged sword. When you're recognizable, you're looked up to as a role model. He is recognizable, and everything you do gets looked at and picked apart. I guess that's the price of winning 14 Olympic medals."

Jason Lezak, who admits he is "saddened" by Phelps' marijuana-smoking pic incident, reveals, "While I don't condone his conduct, I am a teammate and fan. Unlike many fair-weather people, I am sticking by him. If my wife and I can help him in any way, we will. I believe he will grow from this and be better person, role model and teammate."

Retired swimmer Mark Spitz, whose gold medal world record was smashed by Phelps, speaks his mind to US Weekly, stating, "As strictly a fan, I feel badly for Michael and the situation he has put himself in. I think no one would wish this on anyone, especially the person that gave us a summer like no other in 2008. I hope this only leads to a better tomorrow for him and his family."

And amidst speculation claiming that Phelps' marijuana-smoking pic may possibly put his endorsement deals as well as his career as a swimmer in jeopardy, Luxury Swiss watchmaker Omega calls the incident as a private matter of Phelps and a "non-issue." In the meantime, Speedo has said Phelps will remain a "valued member of the Speedo team."

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posted by Osiris on Feb 06, 2009
Dear Michael, you are a reference for me and many people in America and, in my opinion what you did was not wrong or right it was an experience for your live but, since you are a public icon (whether you like it or not) it is expected from you to act and live with the values that society had established. Even more, if you receive an edorsement of one or several puritan companies so you should be careful of your actions because paparazzi and media have the power to destroy your dreams. Please take care of yourself act wisely for social convenience and fulfill all your dreams Best wishes Osiris
posted by David on Feb 04, 2009
Marijuana is more common than people realize. Many well accomplished professionals use it, but nobody talks about it for fear of persecution. It is no better or worse than alcohol and should be treated as such. It should be legal. Be strong Michael. You accomplished more at your age than most of your critics will in their lifetime. God bless America!
posted by phelpsfan2 on Feb 03, 2009
Dearest Michael, First of all I forgive you! Forgive yourself! There are no perfect people in the world; PERIOD! Get counselling if you must! You have acknowledged your mistake, but please realize it's not just about you or your fans or the money or endorsements! Think about your MOM and family members who are always there for you whether you do good or bad things! I do not like how people have put you up on a pedastal and then at the first mistake they are so quick to ridcule or cut you down! The bible says judge ye not for ye shall be judged! Go do something free of charge;community service at a drug rehabilitation center! I know if you reach deep down you will do the right thing! Always remember God First, Family and all else after! A saying that has helped me over the years! Please don't embarass me and don't embarass yourself! Watch your so called friends; alot of times they are your worst enemy! Always think of your family first that's all you really have in the end when no one else is there!

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