In a statement issued yesterday, a S.C. sheriff said there is an investigation underway following the widely distributed photo of Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps apparently smoking marijuana from a water pipe, People.com reports, and charges could be pending. “If someone breaks the law in Richland County, we have an obligation aslaw enforcement to investigate and to bring charges,” the statementsaid. “The Richland County Sheriff’s Department is making an effort todetermine if Mr. Phelps broke the law. If he did, he will be charged inthe same manner as anyone else. The Sheriff has a responsibility to befair, to enforce the law and to not turn a blind eye because someone isa celebrity.” Phelps has apologized for the incident and admitted he exercised bad judgment.