Eight People Arrested in Connection With Michael Phelps Bong Photo

Eight people connected to a South Carolina party where Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps was allegedly photographed smoking pot from a bong have been arrested, WIS-TV reported.

Officers from the Richland County Sheriff's Department nabbed seven of the suspects for possession of marijuana and the eighth for dealing, according to the station.

One arrest included the suspected owner of the bong — who wasn't even at the party, but was allegedly trying to sell the pipe on eBay for $100,000, WIS reported.

The record-breaking Olympic gold medalist has not been charged in the case.

But he has lost an endorsement contract with Kellogg's and was suspended by USA Swimming for three months.

The now-infamous picture, published Feb. 2, was allegedly taken at a University of South Carolina party in Columbia back in November, WIS reported.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott has been criticized by those who believe he should focus on other crimes and stop singling out Phelps when other partygoers also broke the law, according to the station.

Lott told WIS he couldn't ignore the violation captured in the picture just because Phelps is rich and famous.

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