Michael Phelps On Today Show With Matt Lauer – Michael Phelps will talk to Matt Lauer Friday on “Today,” on NBC about being caught smoking a bong.He said:
“I have no control over that. I know if I start training again… I know I can’t do anything wrong once I’m in the pool.It was an awful judgment”.
The transcript and video of the interview are below.
Well, let’s go to January 31st, okay? This is when this now infamous photo of you surfaced for the rest of us. This picture of you with a bong in your hands at a party a month or so earlier in South Carolina. How long before we all saw that picture were you aware of its existence?
Not long. Probably one or two days. I had no idea and….
How’d you find out about it?
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I forgot how it was. Somewhere in– it was through an e-mail form. And I had no idea really what to do. You know, I knew that I’d made a mistake and made a bad judgment. And– and, you know, I know that when you do make a mistake, you know, you’re responsible for all of the consequences. And I was willing to, you know, accept the fact that I did make a mistake.
And it was an awful judgment. And, you know, it– it was– really, you know, the people I hurt, you know, is my family, clearly. My friends. The close people around me. And most importantly, the fans. And– and, you know, I realize that that hurt a lot of people.
Take me back, if you will, to the party in South Carolina. Who were these people you were with? Talk to me a little bit about that. What was going on that night?
I mean, we were just celebrating, honestly. And– you know, there was probably two or three people there I didn’t know. It was a very small group. Six or seven people probably total in the whole house. Like nothing major. You know, not like a giant college house party. It was nothing like that. It was just a small group and we were just sitting around and celebrating.
I have to ask you, were you smoking pot?
It was a bad mistake. I mean, we all know what, you know, what you and I are talking about. It’s a stupid mistake. You know, bad judgment. And it’s something that, you know, I have to, and I want to teach other people not to make that mistake.
We’re living in a world right now, Michael, where people have a cell phone and it was a camera. Were you aware that anyone had taken a photo that night? That anyone was taking pictures? Is that, maybe, a lesson to be learned here? That not everybody’s your friend?
Yeah. You know, people think, you know, it’s funny at times. Take a picture with a cell phone… I’ll say that there are a lot of people out there who want to take advantage of any situation they have…. I trusted my friends who were there about who they were. And clearly they weren’t trusted people… Sometimes you learn the hard way.
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