Olympic champion Michael Phelps tweeted on Sunday that he will be taking a hiatus from aquatics “to attend a program that will provide the help I need to better understand myself.” USA today reports that Phelps will be entering a six-week, in-patient program.
The announcement came in response to his being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol last week in the state of Baltimore. Police records have since been released after last Tuesday’s arrest–reportedly the swimmer’s blood-alcohol content was .14 and Phelps was driving 84 mph in a 45 mph zone.
As an American hero and the world’s most decorated Olympian of all time, Phelps knows that his fans are waiting to see what course of action he will take.
Unfortunately, this is the second time Phelps has been charged with a DUI–the first was in 2004 in Maryland. He also got in “trouble” back in 2009 for being photographed while smoking weed.
In this day and age of microscopic celebrity obsession, Phelps is under a lot of pressure to rectify his decisions, and with good reason. The swimmer also addressed his problems in the past in his tweets, stating that he needs to “do the necessary work to learn from this experience and make better decisions in the future.”