We now know who owned the bong used by Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps in that infamous photo, according to Poker News Daily.
Poker News Daily reports its owner was professional poker player Zachery “Carter” King, one of seven people busted in conjunction with the Phelps “Bong-Gate” case in Columbia, South Carolina. King had been living at the Blossom St. party house where Phelps was photographed in November.
King was arrested on February 7th along with his roommate Daniel White after police searched a house 15 miles away on Lake Murray, where he currently resides. Both were charged with simple marijuana possession and released on personal recognizance bonds. Kameron Howard, who currently lives at the Blossom St. house, was also arrested.
Police allege that King was attempting to sell the bong on eBay for $100,000 when the piece was confiscated.
Late Friday night, King replied to a TwoPlusTwo thread entitled “Was ckingusc arrested? Did he try selling his bong on eBay?” His response to the two questions posed: “Were u dropped on your head as a child or are u intentionally being dense? Either way they should be closing the case vs mike. As far as the charges vs me i cant speak about but the penalties will be very minimal. This entire thing has basically proven to me that you cannot trust the media or the police if you stand in the way of their interest. also fwiw, no i am not dumb enough to actually try and sell a bong on eBay.”
The 23-year-old King won the 2008 Poker Stars World Championship of Online Poker Main Event, netting $1.3 million. According to Card Player, he has earned nearly $2 million playing poker.
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Phelps has not been charged with any wrongdoing.