Michael Phelps, 2009
After the 2008 Summer Olympics, Michael Phelps was one of the most famous athletes in the world. The gangly Maryland-born swimmer took home a staggering eight gold medals and was quickly paired with hot ladies and endorsement deals.
Unfortunately, Phelps also got close with wacky weed. In 2009, a photograph of him taking a power bonghit at a University of South Carolina party hit the British tabloids, and the world reacted in horror. Kellogg dropped him from sponsorship and he was fined by the USA Swimming organization.
Considering that weed is legal for personal use in several states now, it’s kind of a shame that this is a big deal – it’s not like he had reefer in his snorkel or anything.