(Some) Sponsors, Celebs Support Phelps

A few celebs are also in his corner
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 3, 2009 8:36 AM CST
Michael Phelps poses in a Speedo LZR racer swimsuit--Speedo is one of the sponsors that has chosen to stick with Phelps, AP reports.   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
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(Newser) – Michael Phelps’ sponsors are supportive—so far—following his bong imbroglio, AP reports. Watchmaker Omega called the whole thing a “nonissue,” and Speedo reiterated that Phelps is a “valued member of the Speedo team.” Experts say Phelps better stick to the straight and narrow—he promised the pot incident wouldn’t happen again, but he said the same thing after a 2004 drunk-driving arrest.

For their part, other celebs are backing up Phelps: Fellow swimmer Mark Spitz and fellow teen idol Ashton Kutcher have come out in support of the Olympic champ, with Kutcher memorably Twittering, “God forbid he hit a bong. Go ask your 20-year-old kid what they did last weekend.” Sponsors Visa, Subway, and Kellogg have yet to comment, but Hilton and PureSports are also sticking with him.