Rumors swirled Friday night that Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, a Baltimore native, was planning to make a comeback at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
The story was posted by anchor Peter Busch, son of Frank Busch, director of the U.S. national swim team.
Phelps, though, was quick to question the story, tweeting:
“Why do I keep getting texts about coming back? Do [people] really believe everything they hear or read? There are [too] many [people] in the world that think they have a ‘story.'”
Busch followed up with a tweet of his own, stating that he was “very confident with my info. Guess we’ll see.”
Last weekend, fellow swimmer and longtime Phelps rival Ryan Lochte expressed doubt that the Baltimore native would stay retired.
“I can’t really talk about it,” Lochte said, grinning. “Who knows?”
The Phelps camp has offered no further comment on the matter.
Why do I keep getting texts about coming back? Do ppl really believe everything they hear or read? There are … m.tmi.me/VVJFR
— Michael Phelps (@MichaelPhelps) May 18, 2013