Michael Phelps opened up to Matt Lauer in an interview about the now infamous Phelps smoking a bong photo. Check out a video preview of the interview by clicking the continue reading link below.
“It was just a small group and we were just sitting around and celebrating,” he said.
“People think, you know, it’s funny at times” to take an impromptu cell phone picture, Phelps said. “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, who they were.
“And clearly they weren’t [trustworthy] people…Sometimes you learn the hard way.”
He also mentioned that he was unprepared for the onslaught of coverage of the photo. “I had no idea really what to do,” Phelps said, referring to the moment when he learned that a photograph of him holding a bong surfaced in a British tabloid on Jan. 31.
“I knew that I’d made a mistake and made a bad judgment,” Phelps said. “And…I know that when you do make a mistake…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 let’s leave it at that. End of discussion.