Eight time gold medallist Michael Phelps has been making a splash in headlines lately and its not for his record breaking Olympic performance. A photograph published in a British newspaper of the Olympian inhaling from a marijuana pipe has people in an uproar over America’s poster boy. The photograph was reportedly taken in November. Local swimmers say they're impression of Phelps is going down the drain. Marcus Wong - Senior Swimmer, Alexander Its a disappointment to see someone you held as a hero do something like that." Gerry Garza - Freshman Swimmer, Alexander "He is a very top athlete. I think what he did changed a lot of peoples mind of what they thought about him." They’re talking about this photograph that recently surfaced on the internet. Its Michael Phelps inhaling marijuana from a pipe. Juan Mojica - Junior Swimmer, Freestyle "How stupid can this man be? He's broken records and he's doing that, that’s just stupid." "If he can go about doing that i think it puts a negative image on athletes like him and it demeans what he represents to other swimmers like us." the man these swimmers call coach just cant believe an Olympian who knows how much hard it takes to get to that level would be so careless to get photographed inhaling marijuana. Eugene Watson - Swimming Coach, UISD "I’m very disappointed. If it is him and it did occur I’m just disappointed." "Local swimmers say they don't understand why Michael Phelps who understands how much dedication it takes to become such a good swimmer would allow himself to be photographed that could jeopardize losing it all." "He has a lot to lose. Monetarily, his image, his role model status." "We know first hand how much work you need to become successful so if he's an Olympian he works so much harder than us and has so much dedication and responsibility." "I’ve trained a lot, looking up to him I’ve looked at pictures, videos, movies, everything about him and i didn't expect he'd do something like that. I actually thought he was a better person." "People are people and they make their mistakes. Even in the light of all his accomplishments he's still the greatest swimmer alive." The international Olympic committee and two of Michael Phelps' leading sponsors expressed support for the Olympic great. Phelps has apologized for being photographed in a British newspaper inhaling from a marijuana pipe. The i-o-c said it was confidant Phelps would learn from his "inappropriate behavior" and continue to serve as a role model.