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Phelps Issues Public Apology For Conduct

Michael Phelps issued a public apology Sunday, one day after the British tabloid News of the World published a photograph of Phelps smoking from a marijuana pipe.
“I engaged in behavior which was regrettable and demonstrated bad judgment,? Phelps, a gold-medal swimmer, said in a statement printed by Reuters.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency will not be taking any disciplinary action against Phelps.
“Marijuana, right or wrong, is not prohibited out of competition. Obviously if he showed up at an event and tested positive we would take full action against him.? said Travis Tygart, chief executive of the USADA, in a phone interview with Reuters “Obviously it is very disappointing and a terrible decision by Michael, to a certain extent, he let down the world."
The U.S. Olympic committee expressed similar disappointment, saying in a statement that “Our Olympic champions are role models who are looked up to by people of all ages, especially young athletes who have their own aspirations and dreams,"
Michael Phelps, who won eight gold medals in the 2008 Olympics, has never failed a doping test.