Olympic Swimmer Michael Phelps Apologizes For DUI Arrest

Olympics Day 8 - Swimming

If Michael Phelps really wants to make a comeback, he’s not off to a great start. The most decorated olympian in history was arrested for his second DUI early Tuesday in his hometown of Baltimore. 

Phelps said in a statement, “I understand the severity of my actions and take full responsibility. I know these words may not mean much right now but I am deeply sorry to everyone I have let down.”

This isn’t the first time Phelps has had problems. He not only had a DUI a decade ago, but a picture in 2009 showed him hitting a hash pipe. 

The Maryland Transportation Authority police caught Phelps speeding before pulling him over. It was then the swimmer failed field sobriety tests. 

After winning three golds and two silvers at the Pan Pacific Championship games in Australia last month, the 29-year-old still hopes to compete in the Rio games in 2016. However, some feel Phelps could be facing sanctions from USA Swimming. The last time he got in trouble (the pot pic), Phelps was suspended from competition for three months.

So far this is all USA Swimming has said:

“The news regarding Michael Phelps and his actions are disappointing and unquestionably serious. We expect our athletes to conduct themselves responsibly in and out of the pool.”

Phelps was charged with DUI, speeding and crossing double lane lines. 

Josh Helmuth is the editor of CraveOnline Sports. 

Information from this article came via the AP. 

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