Michael Phelps Arrest Forces Hold On Comeback

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Michael Phelps will have to halt his plans for an amazing comeback after his recent DUI arrest.

The olympic swimming champ is banned from competing in the sport for six months.

Unfortunately, Michael Phelps' arrest also resulted in his having to drop out of next year's world championships, which is the biggest international meet leading up to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Michael Phelps came out of retirement earlier this year hoping to make it to the Olympics.

Those hopes seem a little dented now that Michael Phelps has been arrested and charged with a second DUI.

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His funding will also be suspended for the six months. Phelps was receiving a $1,750 per month spending stipend. The total loss from the suspension will be $10,500, but since he makes millions from endorsements, he probably won't feel it.

"Michael accepts USA Swimming's sanctions," according to a statement from his representatives at Octagon. "He has apologized for his actions and, as he shared yesterday, is taking steps to address them."

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US Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun said of the incident, "We think the sanctions are appropriate and we are glad that Michael is seeking help. We are grateful that nobody was hurt and appreciate the speed at which USA Swimming and Michael took action."

After Michael Phelps' arrest, the swimmer announced that he was entering a six-week program.

"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," Phelps said in a series of tweets.

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Good luck to Michael Phelps on his recovery!

What do you think? Is the punishment for Micheal Phelp's arrest appropriate?

Lacy Langley
Lacy is a writer from Texas. She likes spending time in the home office, homeschooling her kids, playing the didgeridoo, caring for her chickens (Thelma and Louise), Rolos, Christmas, and Labyrinth.