Alex Massie

Michael Phelps: Another Victim of Drug War Hysteria

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So Michael Phelps smokes marijuana from time to time. Big deal. What a shame though that he's released this statement:

"I engaged in behavior which was regrettable and demonstrated bad judgment," Phelps said in a statement released by Octagon, his management firm, and posted on his Facebook site. "I'm 23 years old, and despite the successes I have had in the pool, I acted in a youthful and inappropriate way, not in a manner that people have come to expect from me. For this, I am sorry. I promise my fans and the public -- it will not happen again."

"You know what, I engaged in behaviour that was good fun and had a great time. You got a problem with that? I'm 23 years old and there are times when, because of the successes I've enjoyed, I like to kick back and relax, just like millions of other 23 year olds. What's it to you? I ca

n promise my fans and the public that this will have no impact upon my ability to swim freakishly fast."

UPDATE: Radley Balko has more.

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Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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