If you don’t follow men’s swimming closely you may not have noticed Michael Phelps retired after the 2012 London Olympics.
The 22-time Olympic medalist announced a comeback today through USA Swimming and will compete at an event in Mesa, AZ from April 24-26.
The return paves the wave for the most accomplished Olympian in United States history to compete at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio.
The 28 year old swimmer has competed at four prior Olympics. Phelps has increased the intensity of his training regiment in recent months as rumors of the comeback swirled.
Whenever Michael Phelps is in the headlines some cannot resist making bong jokes. The Subway spokesman was photographed in the act after he gained international fame at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
— t riche (@triche6) May 26, 2013
At the time Michael Phelps was contrite about the regretful photo.
“I’m 23 years old and despite the successes I’ve had in the pool, I acted in a youthful and inappropriate way, not in a manner people have come to expect from me. For this, I am sorry. I promise my fans and the public it will not happen again.”
Apologies won’t stop Twitter users from associating the name Michael Phelps with bong rips. Here are 12 of the best Michael Phelps bong jokes on Twitter today:
Michael Phelps comes out of retirement. So does his bong.
— Shawn Ferguson (@TweetAllDamnDay) April 14, 2014
Michael phelps didn't retire for good. He just wanted to hit the bong and not have anyone criticize him for it. Now he gonna win more medals
— FLA⚡️H (@tmau808) April 14, 2014
I'm tired of ripping the bong, I gotta get back in that water! – Michael Phelps
— Jordan Heard (@Y2Jheard) April 14, 2014
— prepaidburrito (@prepaidburrito) April 14, 2014
Michael Phelps is back in the pool training for Rio games, I guess he's done living off bong rips and free subway
— Chris (@chrbreezy) April 14, 2014
I used to have a picture of Michael Phelps taped to my 6th grade desk even after he got caught with a bong #truelove
— b love (@briannal0vee) April 14, 2014
Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement. He will be doing bong rips in Mesa, AZ April 24-26.
— Shannon Thompson (@shannonid) April 14, 2014
Michael phelps coming out of retirement?!? Since when was bong smoking an Olympic event?
— Brian Murphy (@8murph) April 14, 2014
Michael Phelps ended his "retirement"; which is another way of saying, he's had enough bong rips for the time being.
— Bipolar D (@dwhizzle442) April 14, 2014
Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement. Obvious that he needs money for weed or for a sweet ass bong.
— Jordy (@itsRucks) April 14, 2014
My dad told me if I won 8 gold medals he would get me a bong and I could smoke like Michael Phelps
— B Laff (@bella_lafferty) April 14, 2014
The bong master Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement! #justkeepswimming
— Joel Geier (@JG4KIDS) April 14, 2014
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