Our local Olympic hero/meathead has often mentioned his love of hip-hop and rappers like Young Jeezy and Lil' Wayne, so he must have been waving his flippers in delight upon hearing that, in a Cigar Aficionado cover story (!), no less a hip-hop luminary than Jay-Z defended him over Bongphotogate, saying he was just a kid:
"You look at all these people who graduated from Princeton and Harvard, who are supposed to be pillars of the community—every day [they’re] in the newspaper arrested for some kind of financial fraud. Then you look at someone like Michael Phelps. He’s 23. What’s he gonna do? He’s a kid. He’s going to experiment."
Let's just hope Phelps doesn't experiment with actually rapping: That "kid" defense only goes so far.