Phelps expresses sympathy for Woods and family
Michael Phelps expressed sympathy for Tiger Woods and his family
on Thursday because of the scrutiny they are under following the
Speaking ahead of the “Duel in the Pool” swim meet, Phelps
said that he wished Woods and his family well.
“It can’t be easy but I just wish him the best for himself and
his family,” Phelps said at the Manchester Aquatics Centre. “I’d
be the first to admit I’ve made a lot of mistakes both in and out
of the pool.
Phelps, who won a record eight Olympic gold medals in Beijing,
was photographed with his mouth to a marijuana pipe last year.
“Of the mistakes I’ve made I’ve never made the same mistake
again. I’ve become a much stronger person and I’ve helped other
people not make the same mistakes.”
Woods, who is taking an indefinite leave from golf, has not
spoken publicly since crashing his SUV outside his home three weeks
ago. Since then, several women have said that they have had affairs
with the world’s No. 1 golfer.
After the photograph of Phelps was published in a British
tabloid, USA Swimming suspended him for three months. But he
rebounded in July and won five golds and a silver at the world
championships in Rome.
Phelps is in Manchester to lead an American team against the
best swimmers from Britain, Italy and Germany.