Phelps had his first encounter with law enforcement back in 2004 when he pleaded guilty to drunk driving. At the time, the athlete, now 29, was only 19 and was given 18 months of probation. He apologized to the judge at the time of his sentencing, “I recognize the seriousness of this mistake. I’ve learned from this mistake and will continue learning from this mistake for the rest of my life.”
Apparently, life is short for Phelps because in 2009 Phelps had been pictured using a marijuana pipe. Shortly after the photos had gone viral, Phelps did admit that the picture of him was legitimate and he, once again, used bad judgment, “I engaged in behavior which was regrettable and demonstrated bad judgment. I’m 23 years old and despite the successes I’ve had in the pool, I acted in a youthful and inappropriate way, not in a manner people have come to expect from me. For this, I am sorry. I promise my fans and the public it will not happen again.”
Well, “again” came sooner than he might have thought because the swimmer is once “again” in hot water. Though he hinted in April of this year that he is considering coming out of retirement for the 2016 Olympics, given his love of the party life, he may be better off watching from his couch with his trusty bong next to him. During his heyday, he was excitedly living the life of the popular guy he had always wanted to be. Armed with lots of women at his beck and call, he was continually seen partying and letting loose. Recently, he posed nude for ESPN’s 2014 Body Issue, admitting he had let himself go a bit because of his lack of ongoing training.
While the arrest was for driving under the influence, it has not yet been disclosed whether he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the arrest. What do you think, CDLers? Is his career over? Should he stay in retirement and hang up his swim gear?
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