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Phelps Says Teammate Apologized Over Comments

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(Photo credit: TIMOTHY CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

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By PAUL NEWBERRY
AP National Writer

LONDON (AP) — Michael Phelps says teammate Tyler Clary apologized to him for a newspaper article that quoted Clary questioning Phelps’ work ethic and grumbling that he got by on talent alone.

Phelps says Clary visited him shortly after the article ran in the Riverside Press-Enterprise. They spoke for about 10 minutes and Clary told Phelps the comments were taken out of context.

Clary trained with Phelps for a year at the University of Michigan. In the article, Clary said he “saw a real lack of preparation” from the swimmer who captured a record eight gold medals in Beijing.

Phelps says he told Clary an apology wasn’t necessary and he doesn’t worry about what people say anyway. Phelps says he’ll do his talking in the pool.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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