May 14th, 2009
10:17 PM ET

Michael Phelps' Apology

In the wake of a three-month suspension from competitive, organized swimming, Olympic champion Michael Phelps is back in the pool.  A photo that appeared to show Phelps smoking from a marijuana pipe was what got him in trouble, and he said he's already learned from "bad judgment and a very stupid mistake."

So what's your take:  Do you accept Phelps' apology?  Do you think he had anything to apologize for?

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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soundoff (213 Responses)
  1. Nick

    I would accept his apology because he is the best swimmer in the world and really fun to watch. So many people look up to him and if he is willing to admit that he did smoke and take the blame for it then we should accept him.

    May 14, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  2. Blake

    carl i think we should forgive him because they really don't have proof of him doing. if it was me i forgive Phelps and i bet chuck norris does too!

    May 14, 2009 at 11:17 pm |
  3. Stephanie

    Well, I forgive him. Phelps made a mistake, and he said sorry. At least he stopped. There are lots of people who do drugs and don't stop.

    May 14, 2009 at 11:55 pm |
  4. beth

    I"m not sure i mean if he was so sorry then why did he do it in the first place???? Sorry Phelps but you are not my idol anymore!

    May 14, 2009 at 11:56 pm |
  5. Beth

    Yes I think we should forgive him and not hold a grudge against him. I just hope he learned from his mistake..... young and dumb as they say!

    May 14, 2009 at 11:58 pm |
  6. daisha

    we shouldent take his aplogy.he said he knows what bad and so and so.but the real question is why did he do it?

    May 15, 2009 at 12:11 am |
  7. Dakota

    I believe that Phelps does not deserve to swim. The only reason he is being able to is because he swam fir the U.S.A. in the Olympics. He is getting special treatment and that is unfair. If it were anybody else they would still be in trouble. They would have to go to jail and pay the fine. It is unfair that because he can swim he can do illegal actions and get away with just a smack on the wrist.

    May 15, 2009 at 12:12 am |
  8. Mr. Moore's 5th period

    Hi Carl!
    We believe that Michael should be forgiven because we all make mistakes and those are what we learn from. We also believe in second chances. But what most people forget is "Curiosity killed the Cat" and thats a valuable lesson that we can not afford to forget.

    May 15, 2009 at 12:15 am |
  9. Dakota

    I don't think that we should forgive michael for what he did. He is getting off so easy because of the Olympics and even he knows it. Do you think that you would get away so easy if you were caught Carl? (No offence) I know I wouldn't. He should take the punishment like a man and move on. Sure he can apologize but does he mean it? I can't prove that and neither can he.

    May 15, 2009 at 12:19 am |
  10. Jungeun

    It was a pretty bad mistakek to make, and he should have to apologize for it. But I guess i can forgive him. He's a great swimmer and all...
    Everyone can make mistakes and there's no saying that a selebrity can't make one.

    May 15, 2009 at 1:02 am |
  11. Samantha

    I dont accept Phelp's apologie because he is supposed to be a role modle for younger kids... I think they should kick him out of olymics. After that photo of him smoking was released I lost all respect that I once had for him.

    May 15, 2009 at 1:06 am |
  12. Juniper

    Anyone can make mistakes and make a bad judgement once in a while. Although he haven't done a very good thing...
    Of course i can forgive him.
    It should be unfair if i don't- seeing as i forgive all the other people if they make mistakes.

    May 15, 2009 at 1:08 am |
  13. Jen

    I don't think that I can ever forgive him.
    I know that many peoples would forgive him, but personally- I can't!!!
    IF i just think about what his done–He has disgraced our contry by doing it! (if you think about in that way.)

    May 15, 2009 at 1:12 am |
  14. Kaylyn

    I think he's apology should be excepted because the fact is everyone makes mistakes, and everyone should get a second chance.

    May 15, 2009 at 1:31 am |
  15. Amy

    No need to say a word.=> YES!

    May 15, 2009 at 1:40 am |
  16. Jade

    Dear Carl, I think we don't have to forgive him because he has to care about him. Because he is Swimmer of the Lord. I think he have to know what did do.

    May 15, 2009 at 3:05 am |
  17. Jesse & Colin

    "Ya sure" We would except because he had announce that he regretted what he had done.

    May 15, 2009 at 7:59 am |
  18. Sydney

    It takes time to heal a wound. Only time will tell if his apology is real. If it's real I will accept it. How do we know he won't just be come more secretive?

    May 15, 2009 at 8:10 am |
  19. Lola

    After smoking a pipe, after drunk driving...should we really forgive him? After breaking many hearts of children and adults, should we really forgive him? In this case, i do not believe in forgive and forget. How about do not forgive,and remember.

    May 15, 2009 at 8:20 am |
  20. Juny

    I think we can accept his apology because he certainly looks remorseful. It might be a good chance to re-evaluate himself and work harder to become the number one swimmer in the world. I hope good luck to Phelps! ^.^

    May 15, 2009 at 8:43 am |
  21. Daniel

    He is a celebrity swimmer and everyone knows celebrities do drugs...

    May 15, 2009 at 8:58 am |
  22. Brain

    I wouldn`t accept his apology, because when we apology him, then I think he will smoke out of marijuana pipe again.

    May 15, 2009 at 9:00 am |
  23. Br1an

    Accept? Yes.
    Forget? I don't think anyone will. He's another hero with a flaw, like these heroic MLB players on steriods.

    May 15, 2009 at 9:06 am |
  24. Adam

    I'm not quite sure if I accept Michael's apology quite yet. He might just be saying this to get people to forgive him, then when he's sure he's in private... BOOM! He'll do it again. I guess I'm just being paranoid, but unless we have solid, concrete proof, there's no way we can tell if Phelps is going to smoke marijuana again.

    May 15, 2009 at 9:10 am |
  25. frannie

    i think we should accept his apology because he seemed to regret his decision and he should be given a second chance.

    May 15, 2009 at 9:24 am |
  26. John

    I don't care how much he apoligizes, he is a bad influence and a stupid person for doing things; this being already his second offense. His first offense being drinking and driving.

    May 15, 2009 at 9:24 am |
  27. Kate

    I think that we all make mistakes and just because he is famous does not make it worse of better.

    May 15, 2009 at 9:24 am |
  28. HANNAH!!!!!

    I accept his apology! Because, I do think that people can learn from it, and hopefully he did too.

    May 15, 2009 at 9:24 am |
  29. caroline!!!!

    Even though what he did was really bad, i think we should except his apology because he knew that it was bad too.

    May 15, 2009 at 9:24 am |
  30. parker

    I would accept his apology. He seems to know what he did wrong and everybody makes mistakes. I'm glad that he's back.

    May 15, 2009 at 9:25 am |
  31. hunter

    I think that he blew it. He was smoking pot and now he has to pay for it.

    May 15, 2009 at 9:25 am |
  32. Marshall

    I accept his apology but I still think that it was dumb for a the best swimmer in the world to smoke marijuana. It could ruin his whole career and then he would really be bummin'.

    May 15, 2009 at 9:25 am |
  33. Abby

    I forgive him because he aplolgiesed and he served his time in probation so I guess we should all just put it in the past.

    May 15, 2009 at 9:25 am |
  34. Anabel

    I accept Phelps' apology. He said that he wouldn't do it again. So many people look up to him, and if he helps them so they don't do drugs or smoke that would be really good.

    May 15, 2009 at 9:25 am |
  35. Crystal

    don't forgive him he should know how bad it is to smoke marijuana but to put pictures of him doing that. Does he want to get caught?

    May 15, 2009 at 9:25 am |
  36. Karen

    Although I think Phelp's apology is really sincere, if he truly cared about his career he wouldn't have smoked marijuana in the first place. He also says he wants to discourage others from making the same mistake; I think that he could better teach that lesson if he hadn't smoked marijuana. I mean, if you're trying to teach kids that they shouldn't do something, then why would you do it yourself?!

    May 15, 2009 at 9:25 am |
  37. J

    How many college students smoke marijuana at parties. If Michael phelps did it once I'm not going to hold it against him just so long as he doesn't do it again

    May 15, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  38. Homie

    I don't know if i can except his apology. i use to look up to him but then the whole smoking thing, it really got me mad i guess he is a person who can make mistakes, but not mistakes like that when the whole world is watching your every move.

    May 15, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  39. Ben

    I think that he did the right thing. He apologized for a mistake. Everyone makes mistakes. And he did it in front of television and radio and stuff. I think that it is also good that he did apologized because he is probably a role model to some little kids and it would be a bad idea to get it into their heads that it is cool to smoke marajana.

    May 15, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  40. Christina

    Saying your sorry means nothing actions speak louder then words.

    May 15, 2009 at 9:53 am |
  41. jalen

    he is just a guy not anything else there are thousands of people that do that he isn't the only one. i cant believe you people in this nation.

    May 15, 2009 at 9:56 am |
  42. Samantha

    I would accept his apology because he is not the only one that smokes.

    May 15, 2009 at 9:57 am |
  43. Darcee=)

    forgive and forget. thats what I say at least he didn't lie on top of everything and just admitted it!!!

    May 15, 2009 at 10:01 am |
  44. josh

    phelps is a kid people he is bound to make mistakes

    May 15, 2009 at 10:07 am |
  45. trent

    He just a apologized to get back in the pool.

    May 15, 2009 at 10:09 am |
  46. Erika

    I think we should forgive him because everyone makes mistakes. Yes I don't agree with what he did but he seems alright and he just got caught up in everything

    May 15, 2009 at 10:14 am |
  47. Mitch

    I think that we should forgive him, because he has appologized and he still is a great swimmer. So many people look up to him and so do I!

    May 15, 2009 at 10:14 am |
  48. Cameron


    May 15, 2009 at 10:15 am |
  49. Shawn

    i think that what he did was stupid i used to do that but i put my foot down and said NO!!!

    May 15, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  50. michael

    it doesn't really matter he still smoked marijuana and he's still an olympic champion.

    May 15, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  51. Anonymous

    I would accept his apology because I think that many athletes do things they are not supposed to do, like taking steroids. I think that him admitting it and apologizing was really brave of him. I feel that steroids are worse because they make someone be better then their apponent in a not so fair way. Michael Phelps is still the best swimmer in the world whether he smoked or not.

    May 15, 2009 at 10:47 am |
  52. blake

    I think we should accept his apology i dont think he had anything to apologize for cause tons and tons of people smoke pot and the news dosent make a big deal when some kid is caught

    May 15, 2009 at 10:51 am |
  53. Barthelmy

    why wouldn't you forgive the guy. everyone makes mistakes and he owned up to it so of course we should accept his apology. I agree with Nick ( comment below ) so many people look up to him and he is the best swimmer in the world.

    May 15, 2009 at 10:55 am |
  54. Alec

    I think as long as he learned not to do it he should be welcomed back so he can work hard to be a better swimmer from one swimmer to another.

    May 15, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  55. Lyssa

    i do not think that we should accept his apology becose he may do it again. so yah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 15, 2009 at 11:23 am |
  56. kathleen

    I don't care about the smoking he shouldn't have stated in the first place.

    May 15, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  57. Colin

    I will accept his apoligie if he never does anything like it again and i mean anything

    May 15, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  58. alex

    He did a bad thing and I didn't like his decisions but I accept his apology.

    May 15, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  59. Anna

    Why can't we just forgive and forget? If he says he's sorry, then he's probably sorry.

    May 15, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  60. morgan

    I think that it was necessary to apologize and that it why I think he did it; not because he was sincere. I don't think he really means it though. He just wants to get out of trouble.

    May 15, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  61. Beau

    I would accept his apology because we don't even have proof that he actually did marijuana he just had a pipe even if he did it was celebratory...I accept.

    May 15, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  62. Zack

    I believe that Michel Phelps is a sincere guy, because he stepped foreword and said that he was sorry. Good job!

    May 15, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  63. Matt

    i accept his apology because i think he is learning from his mistakes and apologizing was the right thing to do

    May 15, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  64. Nathan

    I think Phelps has a point. Smoking is an enourmous mistake,plus, it is bad for you.

    May 15, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  65. Lindsay

    Yes, I accept it but it was still wrong to do and I hope Phelps doesn't do it again.

    May 15, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  66. Sean

    I wouldn't accept his apology. He's done stupid things as a teen before and he sounded hyped up or "high" or jittery during his apology. Maybe give him a warning and detention.

    May 15, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  67. Jake

    Michael Phelps seemed sorry enough, but I don't think he is a very good speaker. Just ask all of his Ums.....

    May 15, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  68. Bryquan

    I "m just glad he back to swiming.

    May 15, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  69. forest

    I forgive him cause anyone could have just photoshopped that picture.

    May 15, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  70. mary

    carl i think that he should be forgiven because its natural to make mistakes. we all make stupid choices we have to be careful.

    May 15, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  71. Evan

    I accept Michael's appoloy and i hope others wont make his mistake.

    May 15, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  72. anownoumus

    ms.whal is the best teach in the world

    May 15, 2009 at 11:33 am |
  73. Tasha

    Phelps is a babe!

    May 15, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  74. Ashley

    I would accept his apology because I understand that even though it was wrong he realized that irt wasn't right at the beginning and immediately apologized. He has taken his punishment with gratitude and will never do it again. he should be forgiven.

    May 15, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  75. Rachel

    Sure, i accept his apology but what he did is a really bad influence for kids that look up to him.

    May 15, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  76. Brittany

    I accept his apology because it sounded like he meant it. And come on, we all make mistakes.

    May 15, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
  77. Natalie

    What's Chuck Norris have to do with Michael Phelps..? Anyways, I honestly think we should forgive him. Atleast he's willing to say, that he did, and it was a mistake he made. He's a good swimmier. And it was a mistake. But he learned from it. And telling others to learn from his mistake that he had made.

    May 15, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
  78. Chelsie

    Well I think we should forgive him for his mistake because I know so many people how have made the same mistake and I still forgave them, Plus he is a great swimmer and alot of people love him and wouldn't want him to suffer.

    May 15, 2009 at 12:08 pm |
  79. Shelby

    For some one like him to say he is sorry for what he did is a reason to accept his apology. He said that it was a big mistake and he wants to stop anyone from trying that stuff. That takes a big person

    May 15, 2009 at 12:08 pm |
  80. taylor

    i accept his apology. it sounds very... i dunno, very...umm, sincere! ya, that's the word! 😛 but ya, we should all except his apology because he admits that he did it, and it was extreamly stupid. but oh well, everyone makes mistakes and deserves a second chance right? but i think the only reson why everyone is going to forgive him, is beacause he is famous. if any other person was caught doing that stuff, we would get in big trouble. so then again i think its ridiculous. so acctually, no we shouldn't forgive him. cuz if it happend to a normal person, they probably wouldn't be forgiven!

    May 15, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  81. Denise

    I would accept his apology, Maybe if he did it twice then maybe we would have an issue. But like Nick said kids look up to him. And at least he admitted to what he did and said his peace.

    May 15, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  82. Julianne

    If I can find it in my heart to give him a second chance anyone can. he is an AMAZING swimmer. If he wasn't famous no one would even care about this. Give him a break.

    May 15, 2009 at 12:37 pm |
  83. Kayla

    It is great that he apologized for what he had done, but, it still does not take back what he has done.

    May 15, 2009 at 1:03 pm |
  84. buddy

    I think that people learn from their mistakes and i think that he wont do it aging so i would except his apology.

    May 15, 2009 at 1:04 pm |
  85. Erica and Hadlie

    Yes, we should accept his apology. He is only human, people make mistakes at least he has and is continuing to learn his lesson.

    p.s. Carl, please continue to wear more of the color red. You look spiffy!

    May 15, 2009 at 1:04 pm |
  86. Noah

    I think that we should forgive him because he realizes that he was using bad judgement and made a very stupid mistake. He has already been punished what he has done and he already has lost many endorsement deals for his actions. It was a good thing that he realized what he did wrong and we should appreciate that he w=actually apologized for what he did rather than do nothing for his inappropriate actions.

    May 15, 2009 at 1:27 pm |
  87. Joey

    I think he should just get in the pool and swim

    May 15, 2009 at 1:34 pm |
  88. Lauren

    I dont think that they should let Mike Phelps back into the olympics.

    May 15, 2009 at 1:35 pm |
  89. Hannah

    I accept his apology. He did something illegal and he got a consequence for it like everyone else does, but he was famous so he was recognized for it more. He made a stupid move.

    May 15, 2009 at 1:35 pm |
  90. David

    It just herbs dude.

    May 15, 2009 at 1:35 pm |
  91. JUSTIN

    I think that Michael Phelps just made a stupid mistake

    May 15, 2009 at 1:36 pm |
  92. Ellie

    that was a smart move to apologize and i'm sure it was a mistake and lots of people make that mistake too. 🙂

    May 15, 2009 at 1:36 pm |
  93. Meriel

    I think he should be forgiven because he said that he wouldn't do it again and he says he knows that what he did was stupid.

    May 15, 2009 at 1:36 pm |
  94. Jayson

    Its bad for you!

    May 15, 2009 at 1:36 pm |
  95. Anonymous

    he needs to become famous ina good iway again.....not a notty way very bad ms.phelps

    May 15, 2009 at 1:36 pm |
  96. Courtney

    Yo I know that Michael Phelps made a mistake, but we all do. I'm just glad that he apologized for it, and acknowledged his mess up.

    May 15, 2009 at 1:36 pm |
  97. DaKotA ;P

    I forgive him, because everyone makes mistakes in life! And, at least he apologized.

    May 15, 2009 at 1:37 pm |
  98. alosha

    i dont think he needed to apologize in the first place he did what he did he got what he deserved and he owes us absolutely nothing

    May 15, 2009 at 1:47 pm |
  99. barthelmy

    i think we should forgive him because everyone makes mistakes and the fact that he owned up to it and set himself straight shows hes sorry. I agree with what nick said so many people look up to him it would be terrible for treating him like a bad person when hes done more than any of us have.

    May 15, 2009 at 1:50 pm |
  100. zane

    he should have another chance so yes i do except his apologie
    everyone makes supid mistakes and everyone should have another chance so yes i do except his appology

    May 15, 2009 at 2:14 pm |
  101. Russell

    I wouldn't accept his apology because if he was sorry or even smart he would not have done it in the first place.

    May 15, 2009 at 2:20 pm |
  102. Paige

    I think we should forgive him because what he did wasnt that bad. He won us 8 gold medals and is an amazing swimmer. We can't hold a grudge against him for something as small and stupid as smoking,

    May 15, 2009 at 2:38 pm |
  103. Asma

    I think he should be forgiven, even after what he has done. people used to look up to him and think of him as their role model. Now everyone will just remember him for what bad he has done.

    May 15, 2009 at 2:38 pm |
  104. stephen

    i think that the statement phelps gave was not as truthful as it should have been, because i have friends how do drugs and they can't stop from only trying it once. i don't think that he is going to try to help people i thinkl he's going to keep doing it.

    May 15, 2009 at 2:38 pm |
  105. Alex

    I think that its really funny that an american hero uses Illegal substances. when i heard that he smoked I was on the floor laughing

    May 15, 2009 at 2:38 pm |
  106. Emily

    I really respect the fact that he came out and accepted responsibility for his actions. He seemed sincere for the most part, but at the same time, i also have to question his motives. Would he have stopped his bad habbits if he hadn't been caught, or did he appologize because it was wrong in the eyes of the public?

    May 15, 2009 at 2:38 pm |
  107. mohan

    I htink that phelps is a very good swimmer and that we so just forgive him.

    May 15, 2009 at 2:38 pm |
  108. Bryce

    I think people should forgive a athlete, because he doesn't deserve to be put in hate for the stuff that is in the past.

    May 15, 2009 at 2:38 pm |
  109. Andrew

    Michael Phelps made a mistake and he apologized, ehich took a lot. But he did break the law and he never fully came out. So the respect I have for him is tainted.

    May 15, 2009 at 2:38 pm |
  110. Peter

    I personally believe that we should not beat up Phelps so much for such a minor scandal. The United States has so very few people that it can look up to, and Phelps is definately one of them. Abandoning a national icon would make our society even more jaded than it already is. I bet Mr. T would agree with me as well.

    May 15, 2009 at 2:39 pm |
  111. Natalie

    No, because everybody makes stupid mistakes and celebrities are in the spotlight more than ever and once they do its the end of the world but who cares? you will be guaranteed to make a stupid mistake in your life

    May 15, 2009 at 2:40 pm |
  112. kira

    sure, i suppose i do.
    i think everyone is subject to mistake.
    who are we to point fingers. if he understands what he did wrong and is truly sincere about his apology then its all good.

    May 15, 2009 at 2:45 pm |
  113. Mary

    I don't think I would accept his apology, but my friend Ilse would! She loves Micheal!

    May 15, 2009 at 3:28 pm |
  114. angela

    i think i accept his apology. He apologized and he was suspended for a few months as punishment, so in my opinion all is well. However I do think he had reason to apologize, because what he does could influence his fans and those who look up to him. So i think it is wise for him to watch what he does, especially because he's an Olympian champ whom lots of people like.

    May 15, 2009 at 3:56 pm |
  115. Saphfire

    I think that like a lot of people, Michael Phelps made a mistake and that he should be forgiven for it, but he should still be doing a lot of postitive work to make up for what he did because he is a huge role model to a lot of kids.

    May 15, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  116. anna

    i think that he should be more cafeful of what he does because people look up to him. but i think that people should foregive him and go on.

    May 15, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  117. David

    Even though Phelps did make a huge mistake when he chose to smoke, everyone makes mistakes. People can make the decision whether or not his apology is valid but in my opinion he owned up to his mistakes and we should believe him and accept his apology . However it is a great reminder for us not to put anyone person to far up on a pedestal.

    May 15, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  118. Mei-Me

    Yea, I accept his apology. Everyone messes up, and he is real well-known and appreciated role model.

    May 15, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  119. Jessy And Barb

    Sorry, I forgot to say my friend Barb helped me write that 🙂
    So here's our comment:
    “Everybody makes mistakes, everybody has those days” – Hannah Montana (Also as my teacher would sing)

    We all do things wrong, just because he’s famous, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t forgive him like we’d forgive others.

    May 15, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  120. stephanie

    His apology was fine but what he did wasn't. Now the world has to forgive him.

    May 15, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  121. robert

    i except his apology it was a mistake made a long time ago

    May 15, 2009 at 7:10 pm |
  122. B.Y

    I think we should accept him and give him a second chance.
    Because everybody can mistake and " stupid things".
    We are not perpect one, but he is one of hero in the world.
    I only hope it was his first and last stupid thing.
    All we have to do is to watch his great spurt.

    May 15, 2009 at 7:49 pm |
  123. Zach

    I would accept his apology. I think the reporters get better proof then just one picture, if he did it once, it might have just been a mistake. Everyone makes mistakes, and we should forgive him just like everyone else.

    May 15, 2009 at 7:59 pm |
  124. Jessica

    I think he's just trying to apologize to get some sympathy! I don't fully believe it

    May 15, 2009 at 8:53 pm |
  125. justina

    i would accept his apology because he admit doing it and he did not lie

    May 15, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  126. Summer

    I think that hes sorry for what he did. but i also believe that there is a chance that he will do it again. I'm sure if someone offered him Marijuana again he wouldn't think twice. I don't know this guy to well but i have know people who say they will quit and never do. Don't count your chickens before they hatch.

    May 15, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  127. kaytlynn

    i think micheal phelps should have been more carefu of what he was doing i thinkthat you shouldnt do that but if you need to relax go right ahead just joking!!!!

    May 15, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  128. Junghoon


    May 16, 2009 at 4:23 am |
  129. Abigail

    To tell the truth I was pretty shocked when I first heard the news but, considering the glory he brought to our nation I will accept his apology

    May 16, 2009 at 8:47 am |
  130. ALEX

    I just hope he would never commit such a mistake once more

    May 16, 2009 at 8:48 am |
  131. leah

    I would consider about it after the next Olympic.

    May 16, 2009 at 8:53 am |
  132. Allie

    I think that we should accept his apology. But it is very dissapointing when you see him, a role model for some and the pride of the U.S. for having him swim for us, and then watch him just throw it all away. I hope that next time he will make the right choice and not let his country down.

    May 16, 2009 at 9:51 am |
  133. Monique

    I accept his apology because, he realized what he did and knew it was wrong. Second of all, why I would is because he deserves a second chance just like all the Hollywood starts have received forgivness for the twenty-fifth time. Personally I think he didn't need to apologize or be blamed for what the picture "appeared" to be. We don't know what really was in the pipe, and if it was drugs; then it was his fault. At least though he apologized and realized his mistake and plans not making the same mistake again.

    May 16, 2009 at 12:23 pm |
  134. casey

    Yeah, I accept it.I think it is good he is trying to teach kids not to make the same mistake he did.

    May 16, 2009 at 1:44 pm |
  135. Ender

    I accept his apology because I believe he doesn't take drugs on a normal basis, if he did how would he be such a dominant athlete.

    May 16, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  136. George

    I accept the apology. He's acknowledged he made a very stupid mistake and learned from bad judgement, and he's trying to work back up to a great role model. We should forgive him, but if he does it again we know we really shouldn't.

    May 16, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  137. Bryan

    Lots of people look up to Michael Phelps he broke the world record of most gold medals won in the Olimpics it`s just sad to know that he smoked marajuana but just because he`s famous dosn`t mean he should get some special treatment

    May 16, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  138. Bryan

    I think they are making a big deal about somthing small you don`t want little kids hearing about this and then doing what he did

    May 16, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  139. william

    what he did was wrong but it could have been worse besides he is an AWSOME swimmer and i forgive him

    May 16, 2009 at 7:24 pm |
  140. benny

    i accept his apology because hi is an aswom swimer and wold be so cool if what thay side about him isn't true shout out to mr thompsens 6th grad class

    May 16, 2009 at 7:58 pm |
  141. Daken

    I might take his apology about smoking marajuana.The reason that I wouldn't is he knows better.Some people would give him a break just because he's famous ,but famous people shouldn't get a break.

    May 16, 2009 at 8:43 pm |
  142. Connor

    K i dont know why he would apologize to me, He is the best swimmer in the world, If i were him i would not appologize because he the best

    May 16, 2009 at 8:47 pm |
  143. Tedra

    Carl, I think Michael should be forgiven, he did learn his lesson.

    May 16, 2009 at 9:10 pm |
  144. Secret Person

    I don't think we should forgive him. I mean, he's a great swimmer but why does he smoke right away?

    May 16, 2009 at 9:52 pm |
  145. Maranda

    I dont accept his apology he did something wrong and he knows that.And look at all the littlekids that look up to him and he should apology for his wrong.And he did have something to apologize for.

    May 16, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  146. RyAn

    yo the dude made a mistake just like any other human in the world, he apologized and took his punishment like a man, so now we need to forgive and forget.

    p.s Carl if you read this on t.v i will get so much extra credit so please please please PLEASE read my blog.

    May 16, 2009 at 11:23 pm |
  147. Ryan

    This whole story was just blown up by the media. Everyone does stupid things and just because he is a famous athlete he becomes a bad person. I know that he is looked up to as a role model but there is nothing to apologize for.

    May 16, 2009 at 11:29 pm |
  148. Jacie

    I would forgive Michael Phelps, because everyone makes mistakes. But he does need to be more responsible because kids all around the world look up to him. If he wants to be a good role model for kids he can't have pictures of him taken with a bong to his mouth, and etc.

    May 16, 2009 at 11:36 pm |
  149. Alex

    i think we should forgive him. He made a mistake, and people are debating to forgive him or not? i mean come on its not like he is gonna go through life making every decision right. the world needs to forgive him and cut him a break

    May 17, 2009 at 12:26 am |
  150. Dave

    Yes I would definetly forgive him for saying the truth and even if he did that is his personal life and he did not do it while he was on work.. I would glance at his past history to see how clean it is and let him go.. Yes if it repeats again and again then I would take action.. By the way Carl what you do , would you forgive him?

    May 17, 2009 at 4:31 am |
  151. Sarah

    He's my idol and i think we should forgive him because i dont think he knew what he was doing. Of coarse he had something to apologize for, he smoked, which is bad but he still is amazing.

    May 17, 2009 at 12:21 pm |
  152. ashley

    i think we all should accept his apology.we are all not pefect.we all make mistakes that we regret.so we should forgive&forget.

    May 17, 2009 at 12:47 pm |
  153. nikki

    i think we should forgive him he made a mistake and he takes it back.we all have done bad things and have been forgivin so why not forgive him.

    May 17, 2009 at 12:49 pm |
  154. harth

    i think we should forgive him i mean we all make stupid choices in life but we can learn from them .

    May 17, 2009 at 12:50 pm |
  155. maddie

    i think micahal phelps did the right thing to apologise. it was very smart. P.S: STOP doing the horrible jokes carl!!!!! there not funny!!!!!

    May 17, 2009 at 1:01 pm |
  156. James

    We should all forgive him, he made a bad choice and we all do sometimes.
    P.S. Carl, your jokes rock!

    May 17, 2009 at 8:31 pm |
  157. jeff

    I think he should be forgiven especially since he wasn't hurting anybody but himself. Personally i don't think it was that big of a deal (not that i support drug use) because there already thinking about legallizing marijuana and he wasn't causing any harm to anyone. i dont think the person who took the picture should have relaeased to public either. it was none of that persons business. Im sure everybody has done something that has gotten them in trouble so people shouldn't be to hard on him.

    May 17, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  158. Aya

    I would accept Micheal Phelps's apology but i dont think that he got the right punishment. Yes, he was in jail for 3 months but if anyone not popular made the mistake he did, i dont think they would have the same punishment. I think that they made his punishment really easy for him. Just because he won olympic medals for the U.S., it doesn't mean that he gets to have a less-severe punishment fo what he did.

    May 17, 2009 at 11:32 pm |
  159. kathy

    I don't think i could forgive him. I mean, why did he do it for?

    May 17, 2009 at 11:35 pm |
  160. Lucy

    Even if he's a great swimmer, he smoked and that could badly effect his life! Smoking is ADDICTIVE and if he doesn't stop as quickly as possible, he would die quickly. Yes, that is my point, I want him to live for long time without any painful illness. I want him to enjoy his everlasting victory in his unusual time in his life. He won the unusual attention from people so I don't want to forgive him. I would rather tell him to stop and think about his future.

    May 18, 2009 at 6:18 am |
  161. Rachel

    I believe that we should accept his apology. It was good that he apologised and we could forgive him.

    May 18, 2009 at 7:17 am |
  162. whhje

    yes and i accept his apology

    May 18, 2009 at 8:58 am |
  163. Juliette

    He's in his 20's ! Believe it or not but thats what most 20 year olds do ! Seeing as he has 14 gold medals I think we can cut him some slack !

    May 18, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  164. Kaitlyn

    To be hounest, I think is just another case of someone covering up what they did for publicity. Tons of athletes use drugs, and they ALL apologize when they get CAUGHT. NONE volentarily stand up and say "Yes, I did drugs, I apologize, so kick me off the team." So yeah, he may be a good guy, I wont deny that, but he's just another person.

    May 18, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  165. chris

    i dont except

    May 18, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  166. Shelby

    I think everyone makes mistakes in life and ofcorse he made a really bad mistake. I beleive he is trully soory, and i hope he means it.

    May 18, 2009 at 12:59 pm |
  167. Katelyn

    Ithink that he knows that he is a romodel for many people and that is not right he is showing the kids that drugs are ok and i as a kid do not think that is not what he should be showing.

    May 18, 2009 at 1:03 pm |
  168. Bill

    he is doing the right thing by apologising for smoking. he still deserves to get bad reviews though because he set a horrible example for kids. HORRIBLE!

    May 18, 2009 at 1:32 pm |
  169. George

    He did the right thing to apologize. What makes me mad though is why accept other athlete's apologies after they took steroids and done the same thing but not accept his? And you can't say he's stupid for making a mistake if you've done a mistake and think you can get away from it. He didn't get away from, he paid for that mistake. That's not special treatment.

    May 18, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  170. Ty

    Well, I don't really care if he apologized he still smoked weed so I personally think he should he should have him a worse punnishment.

    May 18, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  171. Jonathan

    No, I don't accept Michael Pheleps apology because it was his mistake and he mde it on his own, but I do think he has learned from his mistake.

    May 18, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  172. Tanner

    I say cry me a river build a brige and GET OVER IT!!!!!!!

    May 18, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  173. Robby

    I would accept Michael Phelps apology. The reason is because he is a young kid and everyone makes mistakes. I think he has learned his lesson.

    May 18, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  174. Austin

    I really think that Michael Phelps shouldn't be forgiven because how many people have said they wouldn't do something ever again and did do it again, and besides what he did was illegal.

    May 18, 2009 at 7:06 pm |
  175. Nathan

    I accept his apology. We all make mistakes sometime, some are bigger then others, but now that he's back i'm happy. I don't watch much swimming but i look at him as an icon for American sports.

    May 18, 2009 at 8:05 pm |
  176. gnome

    yeah i think michael phelps shouldent be forgiven he knows better and he broke the law

    May 18, 2009 at 8:23 pm |
  177. Dans

    I don't think it was harsh enough. A few years ago he used illegal drugs and he used them again and he's only APOLOGIZING?? he's a hero to little kids and just a bad influence. He needs a harsher punishment. HI TANGELO'S 6TH GRADERS WE ROCK!!!

    May 18, 2009 at 9:00 pm |
  178. Stephanie

    I think Phelps getting caught smoking an illegal drug was not acceptable by any means and I do hope he has learned from his mistake. But people have to understand that he is human just like the rest of us and probably has a lot of pressure on him. But I think as long as people learn from their mistakes and don't make the same one twice then eveything should be okay:)

    May 18, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  179. Haley

    I accept his apology because if I made a huge mistake like that I would want to be forgivin. I can honestly say that I don't have quite as much respect for him or look up to him as much but I think that since he corrected his behavior his apology should be accepted.

    May 18, 2009 at 11:14 pm |
  180. Amanda

    I think Michael Phelps did have something to apologize for, and I'm glad he did. He didn't pretend it wasn't him or deny it, he came straight out with it. I wish the stars of today would stop doing these bad things so that the stars of tommorow don't think they have to become the next big thing by doing something bad.

    May 19, 2009 at 12:33 am |
  181. Xi

    The answer is simple; NO.

    May 19, 2009 at 4:34 am |
  182. Xi

    The reason; I'm not an anti of Phelps but LOOK AT THE STATE OF HIM!!! I just steamed when I was told he smoked marijuana. Thundering tarnation, I bet he did it because to GET ON THE NEWS, the impudent bloke. Olympic just ended, no swimming seasons for now. How can I be remembered? DRUG!! Yeah, that would make some publicity!

    As every old men say "Untrustworthy is a pronoun for idols."

    May 19, 2009 at 4:39 am |
  183. john

    I don't accept his apology because he didn't sound like he was sorry and he was doing illegal things.

    May 19, 2009 at 7:57 am |
  184. Anastasia

    I think we should accept his apology because in the bible it says to forgive so we should frogive him. If he admitted that he smoked than we should accept. We all do wrong things in our life so we should forgive like people forgive us!
    i love Michael Phelps !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    PeAcE OuT

    May 19, 2009 at 9:05 am |
  185. Anonymous

    I think that he he should be able to go back and he should have never been suspended

    May 19, 2009 at 10:03 am |
  186. Devin

    I think that he should have never been suspended

    May 19, 2009 at 10:04 am |
  187. Josh

    Yes, I accept Michaelʻs apology. I mean, everyone does something wrong in their life and they just have to learn from it. All the athletes can make bad judgments, everyone is human you know! Donʻt worry Michael, everyone will make some mistake in their life.

    May 19, 2009 at 10:05 am |
  188. Bayan

    I dont accept his apology because he is a grown man and totally knew what he was doing, he just didnt think he would get caught. All these famous people think that they can do whatever they want, then apologize like its gonna make it any better and we would just be fools to believe them because they always run off and do the same mistake.
    Remember: RULE OF LAW

    May 19, 2009 at 3:34 pm |
  189. Kevin

    I think that everybody deserve a chance to be forgiven and plus he isn't the only athlete that uses drug

    May 19, 2009 at 7:49 pm |
  190. melinda

    Yes, i accept his apology. Nobody is perfect. So what if he is a grown man and he knew what he was doing. There are people like you and me that make dumb mistakes and learn from them. And not all famous people make the same mistakes over.

    May 19, 2009 at 8:45 pm |
  191. melinda

    yes cause if people didn't make mistakes there would be no world. Everyone would be perfect and i don't know about you but I would not want it that way.

    May 19, 2009 at 8:47 pm |
  192. Rachel

    I actually forgive Michael's Apology but that's only for me. I don't think other people would actually forgive Phelps even if he did say sorry and he would stop. He did have something to apologize for! Smoking is a bad thing and is making Phelps a bad role model to other kids! What do you think Carl? 🙂

    May 20, 2009 at 12:18 am |
  193. Mickey

    Dear Carl,
    We should forgive him just because he did it one time dose not make him a bad person.


    May 20, 2009 at 12:18 pm |
  194. devin

    I think that it was nice of Michael Phleps to say sorry but everyone makes mistakes and I guess thats because were human so get over it. Nobody is perfect and I wish him all the luck out there to stay out of the drugs.

    May 20, 2009 at 2:40 pm |
  195. Leyia

    I do not accept his apology.my motto is "Don't do things you know you will regret."

    May 20, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  196. Ryan

    It is a good idea to appologize so other people won't do it. And i believe it. That was also a smart idea. People would not like it if he just sat back and didn't believe he was doing anything wrong. And so i believe him that it was a stupid mystake.

    May 20, 2009 at 7:41 pm |
  197. Maria and Courtnee

    I think he should act more sorry! It would be a bad influence.

    May 20, 2009 at 11:04 pm |
  198. julian

    well what is he doing that for any way.If i had the talent he had i would not do what he did all in a waste.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:02 pm |
  199. Alex

    I think the apology was mainly to his coaches and die hard Phelps fans, but everyone had to be disappointed with him when the picture was uncovered. I personally don't accept it because he messed up and a picture leaked out. And if he's so sorry now, why did he do it in the first place?

    May 21, 2009 at 9:06 pm |
  200. Daniel

    I'm a swimmer too, and i think he is amazing. not to mention he is kinda hott.

    May 22, 2009 at 1:45 pm |
  201. Holly

    I dont accept. He shouldn't be able to keep his medals either. If somebody like me did that, i would be put in jail. What did he have to do? Stop swimming. Thats not fair.

    May 22, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  202. Danielle

    I think that he should never be allowed to swim every again he is a role model for many kids and he has a responsibility as a role model to act better then the police!!!!!!!!

    May 22, 2009 at 7:15 pm |
  203. Melissa

    We are human! Everybody makes mistakes and i think we should forgive him. What he did was wrong and now he is asking for an apology. The least we can do is forgive him. I mean look at him! He got 8 olympic gold medals!

    May 23, 2009 at 11:43 pm |
  204. Jack

    Everyone has done somthing stupid or illegal once, so why are they making a big deal about this. Everyone only cares about what stupid things celebrities and athletes do. They soul think about what they done in there life.

    May 26, 2009 at 1:44 pm |
  205. Marcus

    Yes what Michael Phelps did was very wrong and irresponsible, he is his own person and we have nothing to do with his personal life. It is a bad influence on younger people and should have been more careful. He should attempt a rehab center so the people can see that he is trying to get help even if he isn't addicted then it will help people to forgive him. I do not agree with this desicion but like I said before it's his personal life and if he does something it is none of our business and it doesn't affect our liveds but his proffesional life so we should not have to worry too much about what he does.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  206. matt

    i do not accept his apology because he will probably do more drugs in the future and why do people care anyway it his life let him ruin it

    May 26, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  207. Anonymous

    I would accept his apology because no one is perfect, everyone has done something wrong in there life. I am pretty sure that everyone has told a lie at least once in there life. So i would accept his apology.

    May 27, 2009 at 12:14 am |
  208. Felix

    I would accept his apology because no one is perfect, everyone has done something wrong in there life. I am pretty sure that everyone has told a lie at least once in there life. So i would accept his apology.

    May 27, 2009 at 12:15 am |
  209. cameron

    i would accept this apology because he made a mistake and he is not afraid ti say he was wrong. i mean he got suspended from his favorite thing for 3 months and he keeps saying he is sorry and i would accept his apology.

    May 27, 2009 at 6:05 am |
  210. Hanna

    i think that he apologized and knows that he cant be a roll model with those things hanging over his head. he has to focus on what he is doing in life, because kids are following him and wanting to be like him. everyone makes mistakes and some people may not think that he is sorry, but in the end he should not make those mistakes anymore since he got caught.

    May 28, 2009 at 10:40 am |
  211. celia

    I think what michael phelps did was wrong. I think that it might influence teenagers even more than they already are to do drugs. I think he did have something to appoligize for and he did. Everyone makes mistakes and i think that most everyone should be given a second chance.

    May 29, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  212. Nora from Mrs. T's class

    I think Michael Phelps did a very bad thing but he did apologize. In my book he probably influenced athletes to do drugs, but everone makes boo-boos. And everyone gets a second chance. So he deserves one too.

    May 31, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  213. Fern

    Just like many people in America, we all make dumb decisians. But should he get suspened for for three months for a stupid mistake??? A little harsh if you ask me. But American teens do drugs every day- there are probably plenty of photos to prove that- and nobody in the media cares. Why Michael Phelps?

    June 2, 2009 at 11:23 pm |