We May Never Know Who Took the Pot Pic

Many people could have taken bong photo
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 9, 2009 12:12 PM CST
Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps, left, answers questions from reporters as his trainer Bob Bowman, right, looks on at the Meadowbrook Aquatic Center, Friday, Feb. 6, 2009, in Baltimore.   (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
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(Newser) – Plenty of people partied with Michael Phelps in South Carolina around the time he smoked marijuana, but the abundance of witnesses doesn't mean we'll ever know who took the picture that got the Olympian into trouble. Some fellow partiers saw iPhones out, but no one's even sure which night the photo is from, the State reports in reconstructing the events.

Revelers saw Phelps lay down big bets on games of beer pong, losing up to $2,000 at a time. One student says she saw a woman taking a picture of Phelps smoking from a water bong. Her USC classmate reports that he, too, snapped Phelps, but said his photo couldn't have made its way to the tabloids, since he lost his phone.