This just in, from the AP:
A South Carolina sheriff said Monday he was not going to charge swimmer Michael Phelps after a photo of the 14-time gold medalist showed him smoking from a marijuana pipe.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said he couldn’t ignore the photo but defended his investigation. “Michael Phelps is truly an American hero … but even with his star status, he is still obligated to obey the laws of our state,” Lott said.
The photo showed Phelps smoking from a marijuana pipe at a party in November when he visited the University of South Carolina.
Earlier this month, through a spokesperson, Sheriff Lott sang a different tune:
“The bottom line is, if he broke the law, and he did it in Richland County, he’s going to be charged,” [spokesman Chris] Cowan said. “And there’s no difference between Michael Phelps and several other people that we arrest for the same type of a charge everyday.”
Perhaps Sheriff Lott was deterred by talk that going after Phelps would have constituted a selective prosecution?
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SC sheriff: No pot charge for Phelps after photo [AP via Drudge]