USA Swimming suspends Phelps over bong photo

USA Swimming has suspended Michael Phelps for three months after he was photographed allegedly smoking marijuana from a bong.The organization is also halting its financial support for the eight-time Olympic

News 12 Staff

Feb 7, 2009, 3:20 AM

Updated 5,646 days ago

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USA Swimming has suspended Michael Phelps for three months after he was photographed allegedly smoking marijuana from a bong.The organization is also halting its financial support for the eight-time Olympic gold medalist for three months. USA Swimming says it wanted to "send a strong message" to Phelps.Kellogg also announced it will not be renewing its contract with Phelps, saying his behavior is "not consistent with the image of Kellogg."Long Islanders have mixed reactions to the fallout from the Phelps photograph. Some say the punishment is warranted since he was photographed doing something illegal. Others say he used poor judgment, but the punishment is too severe. AP wire reports contributed to this report.To watch Long Island swimmers discussing the suspension, go to Channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.


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