On Monday, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said no charges would be filed against the eight time Olympic gold medal-winning after the photo taken in November was sold to a British tabloid last month.
“Michael Phelps is truly an American hero … but even with his star status, he is still obligated to obey the laws of our state,” Sheriff Lott said in a statement Monday.
“We do not believe we have enough evidence to prosecute anyone” who was at the party in Columbia, the sheriff told reporters, adding that authorities are ending their investigation into Phelps.
“We had a photo, and we had him saying he was sorry for his inappropriate behavior. That behavior could have been going to a party. … He never said, ‘I smoked marijuana.’ He never confessed to that. We didn’t have physical evidence. We didn’t have enough where we could go arrest him.”