Olympic swimming god Michael Phelps won't be hitting the pool as a professional anytime soon. Following his second arrest for DUI, Phelps has been suspended by USA Swimming and booted from the 2015 World Championships for violating the organization's Code of Conduct.
In a statement released Monday, USA Swimming said Phelps would be suspended from competition for six months. He can still train with his club, but he won't be able to swim for USA Swimming until April 6, 2015.
"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. "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."
Phelps will also withdraw from the United States 2015 World Championship Team for the 2015 FINA World Swimming Championships that are set to take place in Russia from Aug. 2-9 next year. Lastly, Phelps will forego his monthly stipend from USA Swimming for the duration of his six-month suspension.
On Sunday, Phelps said he would enter a treatment program and takes full responsibility for his actions.
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