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Phelps: "I Clearly Made A Mistake"

Feb. 5 2009, Published 1:28 p.m. ET

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(Photo: Splash News Online) Michael Phelps is speaking out for the first time about "Bong-gate".

In an interview with his hometown newspaper the Baltimore Sun, Phelps says he is not a regular drug user and that he "clearly made a mistake".

Phelps also says the intense public scrutiny has him thinking about whether he will swim in the 2012 Olympics.

"This is a decision of mine that I'm not going to make today and I'm not going to make tomorrow," Phelps said. "It's going to require a lot of time and energy and a lot of thinking for myself , but also talking to Bob (swimming coach Bob Bowman) and talking to my family and just deciding what I want to do."

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"Yeah, there are still goals that I have in the pool, 100 percent. But I'm not going to let anything stand in my way. If I decide to walk away, I'll decide to walk away on my own terms. If it's now, if it's four years, who knows. But it is something I need to think about and decide what I want to do."

Phelps also says: "It's definitely not what I wanted, and it's clearly not what my mom wanted".


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