NEW YORK (PIX11) - Legendary Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has been suspended by USA Swimming for six months after he was arrested for driving drunk in Baltimore last week.
“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 press release on the website. "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.”
The suspension will prevent Phelps from representing the United States at the 2015 FINA World Swimming Championships in Kazan, Russia next summer.
“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," Wielgus said. "We endorse and are here to fully support his personal development actions.”
The 18-time gold medalist was frank on his Twitter account, saying, "Swimming is a major part of my life, but right now I need to focus my attention on me as an individual and do the necessary work to learn from this experience and make better decisions in the future."