Janet Evans

Michael Phelps throws water on reports that he'll return to the Olympic pool

He's back ... unless he's not.

Rumors that Michael Phelps, already the most decorated Olympian, is planning to come out of retirement sent the swimming community abuzz Friday night.

Phelps, the Baltimore native who retired with a lifetime 22 medals, 18 of them gold after the 2012 London Games, threw some water on the notion that spread after a blogger and a Florida television station said he was headed back to the pool.

"Why do I keep getting texts about coming back? Do [people] really believe everything they hear or read?" Phelps tweeted. "There are [too] many [people] in the world that think...