Michael Phelps To Check Into Rehab After DUI Arrest
As I said last week, Olympic champion swimmer, Michael Phelps will be seeking professional help after his DUI arrest last week.
On Sunday, he tweeted that he would be taking time off swimming "to attend a program that will provide the help I need to better understand myself."
According to his official Twitter account, "Swimming is a major part of my life, but right now I need to focus my attention on me as an individual."
The decison to go attend a Drug and Alcohol treatment program, comes after he was arrested last Tuesday for driving under the influence in Baltimore, Maryland.
This is not Phelps first time DUI offense. In 2004, a then-19-year-old Phelps was arrested for drunken driving and was ultimately sentenced to 18 months of probation.
"As Michael stated, he recognizes the seriousness of his actions and is taking steps to address them," said a spokesperson for Octagon, the agency that represents Phelps. "He is entering himself into a six-week, in-patient program.
"While this has been an extremely difficult time for him, he is encouraged that this comprehensive program will help him focus on all of his life experiences and identify areas of need for long-term personal growth and development. Michael takes this matter seriously and intends to share his learning experiences with others in the future."
Phelps, 29, is the most decorated Olympian in history, with 22 medals (18 of them gold) from the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics. He retired after the London Olympics but returned to the sport competitively this April.
Way to go Phelps! I will remain a loyal fan if you complete the program.