After a series of drug and alcohol-related incidents, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps is seeking help. The 29-year-old professional athlete took to Twitter on Sunday, Oct. 5 to share his decision with his fans and followers.
"The past few days have been extremely difficult," he tweeted following his Sept. 30 DUI arrest. "I recognize that this is not my first lapse in judgment, and I am extremely disappointed with myself. I’m going to take some time away to attend a program that will provide the help I need to better understand myself. 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."
The 22-time medalist was booked in Baltimore, Maryland last week after driving under the influence. This was his second DUI after pleading guilty to drunk driving in November 2004. The swimmer was also photographed taking a bong hit in February 2009, which led to another public apology.
Following his most recent DUI, Phelps told Us Weekly, "Earlier this morning, I was arrested and charged with DUI, excessive speeding, and crossing double lane lines. 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."
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