USA Swimming suspends Phelps for 3 months
SWIMMING: ATLANTA February 7, 2009: Michael Phelps was suspended from
competition for three months by USA Swimming on Thursday, the latest
fallout from a photo of the Olympic great with a marijuana pipe.
USA Swimming also cut off its financial support to Phelps for the
same three-month period.
"This is not a situation where any anti-doping rule was violated, but
we decided to send a strong message to Michael because he disappointed
so many people, particularly the hundreds of thousands of USA Swimming
member kids who look up to him as a role model and a hero," the
federation said in a statement. "Michael has voluntarily accepted this
reprimand and has committed to earn back our trust." Phelps won a record
eight gold medals in Beijing and returned to America as one of the
world's most acclaimed athletes. Now he's enduring a wave of bad news in
the wake of the photo, published on Sunday by the British tabloid News
of the World.