Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Olympic Swimmer Michael Phelps May Be Charged For Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia
There are reports out today that South Carolina law enforcement officials are considering filing possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia charges against Olympic swimming sensation Michael Phelps in response to photographs that were recently released showing him allegedly smoking marijuana from a bong. Possession of an ounce or less of marijuana in South Carolina is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to 30 days in jail and a $200 fine. Possession of drug paraphernalia in South Carolina is punishable by a $500 fine. In my opinion, prosecutors will need a lot more than a photograph to prove possession of marijuana. Prosecutors -in my opinion -will need a certified lab test result stating that the substance in the bong at the time Phelps was in possession of it was indeed marijuana. Prosecutors –in my opinion- may not even be able to prove a prima facie case of possession of drug paraphernalia if they do not have at least one witness who can attest to the authenticity of the photograph and Phelp’s geographical location when the photograph was taken.
So yeah...I bored you with this story...but REALLY!!! The D.A. is considering charging him? Did they personal "catch" him with the dope? sure they have a pic but PULEAZZEEEE...$500 fine...for crying out loud im sure he has that much in just in back pocket alone! hell his socks probably hold that much!Does SC need the $500 sooo bad?? I mean I get it. He made a mistake...hell we all do. Just because he's Michael Phelps, your gonna charge him?? So let me you ask you this....are they going to charge anyone else that was at the party enjoying the grass? hmmmm...I dont think so. I get the fact hes in the public eye and he needs to set a good example but I personally think charging him is ridiculous. The embarassement and other consequences should be enough. And this is also funny cause me and the hubby dont see eye to eye on this....which is ok....he probably blames my easy to fogive him cause i think hes hot when hes swimming.....he just might have a point. ;) ha!
In all seriousness though...leave the boy alone...hell atleast he admits it unlike "other sports figureSSS" who shamelessly say under oath that they "dont do drugs" yet the tests show otherwise, to me Michael Phelps should get credit for telling the truth. And next time Michael...don't do stupid stuff where cameras area allowed! ha!