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Chicago 2016 Stands By Phelps

By Marcus Gilmer in Miscellaneous on Feb 12, 2009 5:20PM

2009_02_12_phelps.jpg In the wake of "The Bong Hit Heard 'Round The World," Olympic swimming champion/badass Michael Phelps faced a brutal falling-out with various sponsors and parents. Kellogg's recently dumped Phelps as a spokesman because getting high on grass at a college party is "not consistent with the image of Kellogg," according to the company. Speedo, on the other hand, has kept Phelps on. So, too, it seems, will the Chicago 2016 committee.

Phelps remains a part of the 300-member Chicago 2016 bid committee and the committee has no plans of dumping one of the greatest Olympic athletes ever from its roster. Patrick Sandusky, committee spokesman, said it has yet to be determined how Phelps would be used to promote Chicago. As for the International Olympic Committee, though they called Phelps' behavior "inappropriate," they also said there is "no reason to doubt his sincerity and his commitment to continue to act as a role model."

While company policy doesn't allow us to condone drug use of any kind, we will say that some of our feelings on the whole Phelps Phiasco are best summed up by Seth Meyers.

Photo of Michael Phelps arriving at Oprah's Olympic Season Premiere by our own L. Stolpman