Michael Phelps

Champion Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps can breathe easy now because he won’t be charged for those infamous photos of him smoking pot through a bong at a party near the vicinity of University of South Carolina’s campus in Columbia, SC. The photo made its way around the internet throughout the first part of February, and after a ridiculously stupid “investigation,” Richland Country Sheriff Leon Lott said Monday that he wouldn’t be charging Michael for smoking weed through a bong. Shortly after Monday’s announcement, Phelps put the following up on his Facebook page:

“I’m glad this matter is put to rest. But there are also some important lessons that I’ve learned. For me, it’s all about recognizing that I used bad judgment and it’s a mistake I won’t make again. For young people especially — be careful about the decisions you make. One bad decision can really hurt you and the people you care about. I really appreciate the support my family and fans have shown me and now I will move forward and dive back into the pool, having put this whole thing behind me.”

Well that’s good to hear. Shouldn’t low-country South Carolina have more important things to worry about anyway? A dude getting high should be the least of their worries! The law is always trying to make an example out of somebody…