Michael Phelps Suspended for Six Months After DUI Arrest
USA Swimming said his behavior violated the organization's code of conduct
USA Swimming is suspending Michael Phelps from all of its sanctioned competitions for six months following the three-time Olympian's DUI arrest last week.
The organization said that his behavior violated USA Swimming's code of conduct by engaging in activities "detrimental to the image or reputation of USA Swimming ... or the sport of swimming.”
In addition to his suspension, Phelps will not be allowed to represent the U.S. at the 2015 FINA World Swimming Championships in Russia from Aug. 2 through 9.
USA Swimming will also stop paying Phelps his monthly stipend during his suspension period.
“Membership in USA Swimming, and particularly at the national team level, includes a clear obligation to adhere to our code of conduct. Should an infraction occur, it is our responsibility to take appropriate action based on the individual case. Michael’s conduct was serious and required significant consequences,” USA Swimming executive director Chuck Wielgus said in a statement. “Michael has publicly acknowledged the impact of his decisions, his accountability especially due to his stature in the sport and the steps necessary for self-improvement. We endorse and are here to fully support his personal development actions.”
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Phelps was arrested and charged with his second DUI last Tuesday after allegedly speeding and crossing double lane lines while he was driving along I-95 in Baltimore.
After apologizing, Phelps announced over the weekend that he entered an in-patient rehab program that will keep him from competing at least through mid-November.
Phelps has won 22 Olympic medals, including 18 gold. He retired after the 2012 Summer Games, but in recent months he's been competing again in preparation for another Olympic run.