That's a difficult picture to look at.
USA swimming did the right thing by putting you in swimmers "time out" for three months. We forgave you for the drunk driving thing, dating an "exotic" dancer, and we will forgive you for this. We respect your talent, your dedication, your discipline and the fact that you have been living under water behind goggles since the tooth fairy paid you your first visit. BUT, you gotta choose wisely who you "hang" with, pal. The blood money the person took for selling this picture will probably be used for next year's tuition. But, it could have cost YOU 10 jillion times that and a visit to the pokey.
I know your judgment was clouded (pun intended) when you did this. But, everyone is a photographer now. And sadly, you will always be a point, shoot, click, and send away from being embarrassed or in jail if you misstep. No it's not fair and not your choice that you cannot indulge in young adult, albeit illegal, indiscretions without intense scrutiny (from Mommy bloggers like me in my jammies behind a laptop) but that's your reality when you are the Tiger Woods of your sport. Speaking of which, you should have a chat with him on managing fame and fortune and hanger's on and everything else that comes with being the best ever in your sport.
You are a great kid, Michael. And although Kellogg's is dumping you, we aren't. I'm glad you got caught in such spectacular fashion. 'Cause I think you get it this time.
"To whom much is given, much is expected." Don't let all the talent and rewards you've been given disappear in a "puff of smoke."
That stuff really stinks anyway.