COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina sheriff is not going to charge swimmer Michael Phelps after a photo of the 14-time gold medalist showed him smoking from a marijuana pipe.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott made the decision Monday.
The photo showed Phelps smoking from a marijuana pipe at a University of South Carolina party in November when he visited the school.
Phelps has called his judgment bad and said he would learn from his mistake.
He was suspended by USA Swimming for three months in the wake of the photo, and Kellogg Co. said it would not renew its endorsement deal with one of the world's most acclaimed athletes.
In a statement the sheriff of Richland County, South Carolina said his department was in a "no win situation."
His statement reads: