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Ronaldo shows support for Michael Phelps

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Brazilian football star Ronaldo has come out in support of Michael Phelps after the Olympic champion was suspended for three months after being photographed inhaling from a marijuana pipe.

The 32-year-old striker sympathised with the swimmer and thinks that he should be left alone after facing up to what he did.

Ronaldo himself was the centre of controversy last year when he was caught in the middle of a drugs and sex scandal with three transvestites after nightclubing in Rio de Janeiro.

Likewise, Phelps was thrust into a media maelstrom last weekend when a picture in British tabloid News of the World showed the winner of eight Olympic gold medals in Beijing using what looked like a glass bong typically used to smoke marijuana.

Rather than hide away and try and deny the story, Phelps admitted that he had been wrong and Ronaldo thinks that he should be commended and not hounded for that.

He told Brazilian reporters: "There is no need to persecute someone that has faced up to what he has done, having been at the Olympic Games and that has won almost everything that he can in his career.

"It is obvious that all sportsmen should set an example to youngsters, but Phelps has asked for forgiveness and faced up to things.

"As he said himself, it was just a moment of weakness."

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