After his DUI arrest last week, Michael Phelps has officially been suspended by USA Swimming and will be seeking treatment.
Phelps was arrested last Tuesday after police witnessed him speeding and swerving on the I-95 in Baltimore. Phelps’ blood alcohol-concentration measured at .14 percent. Phelps was seen drinking and playing games at a casino earlier in the evening.
On Sunday, September 5th, Phelps announced on Twitter that he will be taking a break from swimming “to attend a program that will provide the help I need to better understand myself.”
Phelps will be undergoing treatment at a six-week in-patient program.
Phelps tweeted, “Swimming is a major part of my life, but right now I need to focus my attention on me as an individual.”
On Monday, USA Swimming announced that Phelps has violated its code of conduct and will be suspending the Olympian for 6 months. Phelps will not be competing for the US at next year’s world championships and will not be receiving his monthly stipend.
“Michael’s conduct was serious and required significant consequences,” USA Swimming Executive Director Chuck Wielgus wrote in a statement.
A representative from Phelps’ management company Octagon stated, “Michael accepts USA Swimming’s sanctions. He has apologized for his actions and, as he shared yesterday, is taking steps to address them.”
Scott Blackmun, the chief executive officer of the US Olympics Committee, found USA Swimming’s decision to be suitable.
“And we are glad that Michael is seeking help. We are grateful that nobody was hurt and appreciate the speed at which USA Swimming and Michael took action,” Blackmun said.
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