Swimming is so boring between Olympics (Olympii?) that the best drug scandal that anyone could come up with was Michael Phelps smoking pot in front of a cell phone camera. But the fallout from that image has been unreal. Keep in mind that this is all happening in South Carolina, where reality and perspective–things you and I take for granted–do not exist.
We’ve now learned that since investigators began trying to build a case, they’ve made eight arrests: seven for drug possession and one for distribution. These are arrests that resulted as the sheriff’s department served search warrants.
We’ve also learned that the department has located and confiscated that bong. Sources say the owner of the bong was trying to sell it on eBay for as much as $100,000.
The owner, who wasn’t even at the party, is one of the eight now charged.
So far, Phelps has not been charged. But I hope that Richland County’s finest take care of that bong. That’s the most valuable piece of swimming memorabilia ever. Of course, two or three of them probably have already jizzed in it. Life as a cop is pretty boring when there’s no one on the street to bludgeon.