February 2nd, 2009
07:21 PM ET

Thoughts on Michael Phelps

The current controversy involving Olympic champion Michael Phelps started when a British paper published a photograph of Phelps appearing to smoke marijuana at a party in November.  Phelps, who won a record eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, and whose endorsement deals are worth millions, has admitted to "regrettable behavior" and apologized.  He says he acted in an "inappropriate way" and promises "it will not happen again."

The U.S. Olympic Committee said it was disappointed with Phelps' behavior, adding that the swimmer "is a role model, and he is well aware of the responsibilities and accountability that come with setting a positive example for others."  The committee added, "We are confident that, going forward, Michael will consistently set the type of example we expect from a great Olympic champion."

Now, we'd like to hear what you say.  It's easy to look up to someone like Phelps; no one is better than he is at his sport.  But if he was using an illegal drug, as the picture suggests, does it change your opinion of him?  Do you think it should?

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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