Michael Phelps “made a big mistake but at the same time people make mistakes and he apologized and now you have to move on with it and look toward the future.” said fellow Olympian Natasia Liukin.
Hollyscoop.com spoke exclusively with the gold medal gymnast while backstage at Max Azria during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week where she also told us “people still need to remember what a great job ‘Phelps’ did for us at the 2008 Olympics and winning all the Gold Medals.”
As a USA teammate Natasia says, “we all know each other and have met each other several times so it’s always hard to see people make mistakes and then be hurt by them.”
But don’t expect this Olympian to follow in Michael’s big footsteps; she plans to stay as good as gold. “I never attend parties. I am a very low-key kind of girl. I like to be with family and friends at home.” Natasia says.
In fact she spent Valentine’s Day “at a national training camp, in the middle of nowhere,” as she begins to get ready for the world championships in London, this October.
“Other than that I started school at SMU Dallas. I am taking a Psychology and Philosophy classes. So… training, traveling, going to school, and keeping up appearances” will help make sure Natasia remains out of the tabloids.
In other Phelps news, he is officially in the clear! Despite the scare tactics, he won’t be arrested in what’s become known as “Bong-gate.” Sheriff Leon Lott, who has been investigating the case, released a statement today saying he was not going further with it.
He said, "Having thoroughly investigated this matter, we do not believe we have enough evidence to prosecute anyone that was present at the November party. Michael Phelps and I agree that something positive needs to come from this incident and that is a message of not using drugs.”
Finally some good news for Phelps! This kid has been put through the ringer the last few weeks based on the pic News Of The World ran of him smoking from a bong.
For the entire press release by Sheriff Lott, click here. Is it just us, or does it seem like Lott is trying for his 15 minutes of fame? Next thing we know Michael Phelps will sign a deal to become the face of DARE!