Sadly, this photo of Michael Phelps sucking down some resin laced bong water is going to end up costing him millions of dollars. That is approximately millions of dollars minus 100 dollars more than either you or I or even Michael would have paid here in the lovely liberal land of Massachusetts.
Phelps is likely to lose some of his estimated $5 million a year in endorsements, with initial guesses from me putting Speedo and PowerBar as potential candidates. Prior to reading this article, I had no idea that Phelps had a prior run-in with the law, when he was pulled over for drunk driving.
Throughout his amazing run to 8 golds this past summer (if you've got a few minutes, here's the thrilling 4 x 100 relay), I didn't hear this mentioned once. It clearly didn't phase his endorsers view of him either. I do not see this latest run-in going away anytime soon - which is sad on many levels, as the public was able to turn the proverbial cheek to Phelps putting others' lives at risk with his inebriated cruise. The gravest potential harm caused from his latest deviance was probably the raiding of some poor student's Dunkaroos value pack.
In all seriousness though, is there any doubt that Phelps with his lung capacity, would smoke anyone under the table? Now that, would be historic.