Oh snap! If you thought that Michael Phelps took a lot of heat for getting photographed tokin’ on that ginormous bong, wait ’til you hear what happened to 8 regular people who were at the party where that photo was snapped. It turns out that local area police, spurned into action by public pressure, began investigating that particular party and ended up arresting 8 people who where present at the party on various charges … including drug charges. So while Phelpsie only got slapped with a 3 month suspension from USA Swimming and suffered the loss of one endorsement deal, these 8 “real people” ended up getting arrested by the police:
New details have emerged about a party where Olympic champion Michael Phelps was spotted. On Feb. 2, a British tabloid published a picture of the 14-time Olympic gold medalist using a water pipe to smoke marijuana. The picture was taken at a party in Columbia back in November when Phelps was here for a visit. The Richland County Sheriff’s Department has been taking a lot of heat from people in this country and all over the world. They want to know why Sheriff Leon Lott is going after Michael Phelps. Many are saying the sheriff should concentrate on more serious crimes, or at the very least, not focus solely on the Olympic champion when there were others at the party who were also breaking the law. Now it appears the case has expanded beyond Phelps’ activities. The party took place in November at a house on Blossom Street near Five Points. It was at that house where someone snapped the photo of Phelps taking a hit on a marijuana pipe called a bong. Lott says the picture indicated a law was being broken in his jurisdiction. He said he couldn’t ignore the violation just because Phelps is rich and famous. We’ve now learned that since investigators began trying to build a case, they’ve made eight arrests: seven for drug possession and one for distribution. These are arrests that resulted as the sheriff’s department served search warrants. We’ve also learned that the department has located and confiscated that bong. Sources say the owner of the bong was trying to sell it on eBay for as much as $100,000. The owner, who wasn’t even at the party, is one of the eight now charged. Phelps is not one of those charged at this point, but the sheriff’s department has strong evidence that matches the photo to the house on Blossom Street. That house is in the city, but the Columbia Police Department decided not to initiate or take an active role in the investigation. Governor Mark Sanford is also weighing in on the sheriff’s actions. On the FOX News Channel Sunday night, Geraldo Rivera asked Sanford whether Phelps should be prosecuted. “I don’t see what it gets at this point,” said Sanford. His spokesman told us Monday night Sanford is letting that quote stand.
Sooooo, letmegetthisstraight … the Sheriff’s Department, spurned on by public pressure, thought it would be wise to seek out and arrest 8 people who were at that party — and probably were NOT photographed engaging in drug use — and feels that it is unnecessary to seek out and arrest the ONE PERSON who WAS PHOTOGRAPHED engaging in drug use (or, at the very least, was photographed seeming to be engaged in drug use) … whose photo actually caused this illegal incident to come to light in the first place????? What complete and utter bullshizz! I, personally, do not think anyone needs to be arrested for anything involving this incident, let alone the 8 people including the house owner (who wasn’t even present when the party took place) who were arrested. BUT, for the Sheriff’s Department to arrest some people and PURPOSELY EXCLUDE arresting the sole celebrity in attendance WHO WAS PHOTOGRAPHED WITH THE DRUG PARAPHENALIA IN HAND seems awfully outrageous to me. If this isn’t the absolute definition of preferential treatment, then I don’t know what is. It sucks that 8 people have to pay for Michael Phelps‘s mistake … but, apparently in Richland County, SC that’s the way they like their justice. I call bullshizz … what do y’all think?