Michael Phelps dropped from Canadian conferences

Michael PhelpsOlympic Golden Boy Michael Phelps continues to experience fallout from the photo that showed him smoking marijuana. He’s been dropped from two motivational conferences organized by the Toronto-based firm Power Within Inc. The first one is at the Telus Convention Centre on March 3rd in Calgary, where he was scheduled to speak alongside Oprah’s trainer, Bob Greene and Frank Abagnale, whose autobiography was made into the film Catch Me if You Can starring Leonardo DiCaprio, while the second is in Vancouver on March 6th. Those who signed up have received an e-mail that reads: “The decision has been made to present the program without Mr. [Michael] Phelps’ participation.” Phelps has been replaced at the Calgary conference by Golden Globe winner Martin Sheen, who will be talking about Motivation and Leadership.

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  1. whatever • February 24, 2009 @ 12:51 PM


    so im guessing those motivational speeches will include, you must be PERFECT at ALL times. yeah, whatever!
    this world is so screwed up.

  2. cindy • February 24, 2009 @ 2:10 PM

    The fact he owned up his mistakes, he is being a bigger man. He is expressing to people his thoughts and feelings towards the situation. How often does athletes do confrontation? How often do they get credit for being truthful to people in the public eye? At least at the conference he can explain how much he has grown from the situation and how to be inspiration to others. Wow…some people don’t see the big picture in this world.

  3. sammy • February 24, 2009 @ 3:05 PM

    I’d rather listen to Martin Sheen. He has a more varied and deep life experience and would be much more interesting to hear than a 20 year old jock who has lived in a pool his whole life.

  4. Roland Salvador • February 24, 2009 @ 4:28 PM

    Really? This is getting ridiculous. No one is perfect! I’d actually give a little more respect if I heard Michael Phelps talk more about his mistakes which he’d probably talk about in his talk. Role models are not perfect! He apologized and said he would change. I’ll give him another chance. It’s the only human thing we can do.

  5. Davide • February 24, 2009 @ 4:57 PM

    Everyone is giving this guy a chance yet Power Within Inc is scared because of a little offence Phelps committed. WHAT A BUNCH OF BAD BUMS.

  6. Khristopher • February 24, 2009 @ 5:59 PM

    LOL. So ridiculous. These corporate idiots that run this world are out of control.

  7. jay • February 24, 2009 @ 6:14 PM

    this is soo stupid..all because of what he did..

  8. myself • February 24, 2009 @ 6:30 PM

    So what if they dropped him? They can have whoever they do or don’t want. And I’d rather listen to Martin Sheen anyway. His depth and breadth of life experience is much, much greater, and he would be more interesting to hear, and could offer more stimulating comments than a 20 year old jock who has only lived in a pool his whole life.

  9. Joshua • February 24, 2009 @ 6:34 PM

    so Martin Sheen is going to replace him? Can we safely say that Mr. Sheen has smoked pot before? So everyone at that convention has NEVER smoked pot before? Almost everyone i know that is 25 + has smoked pot at least once. So if it wasn’t for that picture he would be fine.

  10. Joshua • February 24, 2009 @ 6:44 PM

    LOL.. i just looked up to see if martin sheen has ever actually confessed to smoking pot and you know what i came across? A site that said he has admitted to it, but that’s just hearsay. He did in fact admit to at one time being an alcoholic. This whole thing is just silly.

  11. Anonymous • February 24, 2009 @ 9:31 PM

    seriously, i bet that all these other motivational speakers that are talking in calgary probably smoked weed at least once in their life. phelps is a kid, everyone smokes marijuana!

  12. Nancy • February 24, 2009 @ 10:08 PM

    He’s got the munchies….he’s trying to eat his medal! LOL.

  13. Darrell • February 25, 2009 @ 2:31 AM

    I am over 25 and I have never used any drugs. At the same time I think this is stupid

  14. demigod • February 25, 2009 @ 4:59 AM

    There ain’t sh!t you could learn from any motivational speaker. Who do these people think they are? Oh right..opportunists.

  15. howie • February 25, 2009 @ 12:16 PM

    They have the right to hire or not hire whoever they want. But agree with demigod, the company putting on the thing is an opportunist intially using phelps to make money, and phelps is an opportunist using his “fame” to make money.

    I’d rather listen to Martin Sheen anyway, his life and experience is broader and much more interesting than a jock poolboy.

  16. lily • February 26, 2009 @ 7:39 PM

    Okay, I think this whole thing is WAY out of perspective. The kid didn’t kill anybody! And I also think calling an Olympic athlete of his calibre “a jock poolboy” is pretty lame. But different strokes for different folks… strokes – swimming – OMG I crack myself up:)

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