“We originally built the relationship with Michael, as well as the other Olympic athletes, to support our association with the U.S. Olympic team,” a rep for the Battle Creek, Michigan-based company said Thursday, and the swimmer’s recent behaviour is “not consistent with the image of Kellogg.”
Their contract with Phelps is set to expire at the end of this month. At press time, the 23-year-old also has a sponsorship deal with Subway, which has declined to comment on its golden boy’s slip-up.
“It’s times like these where you really do get true support and I’ve really been able to find out who my friends and family are,” Phelps said before the Kellogg announcement. “That was some bad judgement, bad mistakes, and I’m all over it.”
Phelps, who showed up on boxes of Kellog’s Corn Flakes and Frosted Flakes after winning a record eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics last summer, publicly apologised Tuesday for not just saying no to drugs after the British tabloid News of the World published a pic of him smoking pot at a party last fall.
“I engaged in behaviour which was regrettable and demonstrated bad judgement,” Phelps said in a statement. “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.”
He then made the smart move of averting attention to whether he’ll compete in the 2012 Olympic Games or not.