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Michael Phelps Photographed Taking Bong Hit

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Michael Phelps Photographed Taking Bong Hit

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Michael Phelps Photographed Taking Bong Hit

Michael Phelps Photographed Taking Bong Hit

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A British tabloid has published a photo of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps smoking from a bong. He has since apologized for his "regrettable" behavior in a statement released Sunday.

USA Today sports columnist Christine Brennan expects more from a man who's a role model. Her sympathies lie with "the millions of parents and young athletes who planned their lives around his races last August."

She writes, "It's kind of rule of thumb for him: If you're going to make millions as the all-American boy selling cereal and Subway sandwiches to the nation, no matter how young you are, you really must be able to stop yourself from taking a hit off a marijuana pipe."

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