NY POST 2/01/2009...The competition isn't the only thing he's been smoking! Olympic hero and 14-time gold medalist Michael Phelps was caught puffing on a glass bong at a raucous college party a scene so potentially damaging to the phenom's career that his representatives al legedly tried to buy off the British newspaper News of the World in an attempt to kill the story, the paper reported, News Of The World
The winner of a record eight gold medals last summer in Beijing showed up unannounced to a house party at the University of South Carolina in Columbia on Nov. 6. There, the superstar swimmer, who partiers said was knocking back shots and chugging beers, inhaled deeply after one reveler passed him the water pipe etched with red writing, the paper wrote.
"He grabbed the bong and a lighter and knew exactly what to do," a witness said of Phelps, 23, who was in town visiting a gal pal, South Carolina co-ed Jordan Matthews.
"He looked just as natural with a bong in his hands as he does swimming in the pool. He was the gold-medal winner of bong hits," the witness said.
The report allegedly made Phelps' handlers so paranoid that they offered the paper an eye-popping deal to keep it from seeing the light of day - having the athlete pen a column for the paper for three years. Phelps' camp also allegedly offered to host parties for the tabloid and push his sponsors to advertise with them.
Also in the world of dope smoking...President Barack Hussein Obama's half-brother, George Hussein Obama, held on marijuana possession in Kenya.
The half-brother of President Barack Hussein Obama was busted for alleged possession of marijuana Saturday near his home in a Nairobi shantytown, Kenyan police officials said.