Michael Phelps of Infamous Bong Photo: ‘It was a bad mistake’ (Video)

March 13, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Michael Phelps gave his first big interview to Matt Lauer, after the infamous bong-gate incident. Airing today, Friday the 13th,  on “Today,” NBC released a clip, shown below, and many excerpts, that can be found here.

Lauer did ask Phelps directly, “Were you smoking pot?”
Phelps did not reply directly, instead saying, “It was a bad mistake. I mean, we all know what you and I are talking about. It’s a stupid mistake. You know, bad judgment. And it’s something that I have to, and I want to teach other people not to make that mistake.”

Lauer asks Phelps about having his Sports Illustrated cover being eclipsed as the most-memorable Phelps image by the image of Phelps smoking a bong.

“I have no control over that,” Phelps says. “I know if I start training again… I know I can’t do anything wrong once I’m in the pool.”

Phelps said he found out about the photos through an email.

“I had no idea really what to do,” he said in the interview. “I knew that I’d made a mistake and made a bad judgment. And I know that when you do make a mistake you’re responsible for all of the consequences. And I was willing to accept the fact that I did make a mistake.”

After briefly contemplating retirement, Phelps has returned to the pool and says he intends to compete in this summer’s World Swimming Championships with the aim of competing in the 2012 London Olympics.


One Response to “Michael Phelps of Infamous Bong Photo: ‘It was a bad mistake’ (Video)”

  1. puff daddy clothing on March 13th, 2009 11:33 am

    My Idol… i didn’t know you smoke pot… now its a big shame on you my idol… hope you can coupe up with your big mistake….

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