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Michael Phelps Slapped With 6-Month Swimming Suspension After 2nd DUI

By    |   Tuesday, 07 Oct 2014 06:59 AM

Michael Phelps has received a six-month suspension from USA Swimming following his drunk driving arrest last week, which marked his second in a 10-year period.

Following his arrest on September 30 for excessive speeding and crossing double lane lines while under the influence of alcohol, the 29-year-old Phelps took to Twitter to issue an apology, and announced Sunday that he was checking into a six-week rehab program.

On Monday, USA Swimming issued a suspension. A statement accompanying explaining the sanctions was posted to the team's official website.

"Membership in USA Swimming, and particularly at the National Team level, includes a clear obligation to adhere to our Code of Conduct," USA Swimming executive director Chuck Wielgus said in a statement.

"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."

As part of the suspension, Phelps will be forced to withdraw from the 2015 FINA World Championships Team and forfeit his funding from the National Governing Body.

"We think the sanctions are appropriate and we are glad that Michael is seeking help," U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun said Monday, according to ESPN. "We are grateful that nobody was hurt and appreciate the speed at which USA Swimming and Michael took action."



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