Michael Phelps has just been suspended by USA Swimming! The penalty they handed down was harsh and straight to the point:
USA Swimming has reprimanded Michael Phelps under its Code of Conduct by withdrawing financial support and the eligibility to compete for a period of three months effective today, Feb. 5, 2009.
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.
Phelps has accepted the suspension and says he will do what is needed to earn back our trust.
On this same day, Kellogs dropped Phelps as a sponsor.
I am all about second chances, and giving Phelps one. Next time you take a hit, make sure no so-called friends have a camera on you.-Dr.FB