Michael Phelps suspended by USA Swimming for six months

MichaelPhelps-2(CNN) — USA Swimming on Monday suspended Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian ever, for six months and said he won’t be on next year’s U.S. team at the world championships.

The 22-time Olympic medalist also won’t be paid his monthly stipend, USA Swimming said on its website.

The organization said Phelps, who was charged with DUI last week in Maryland, had violated its code of conduct.

“Michael accepts USA Swimming’s sanctions. He has apologized for his actions and, as he shared yesterday, is taking steps to address them,” a spokesperson from his management company, Octagon, told CNN.

Octagon said Phelps had entered a six-week, in-patient treatment program.

Phelps announced Sunday on Twitter that he is taking a break from the sport “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.”

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