this Aug. 20, 2014, file photo, U.S. swimmer Michael
Phelps attends a press conference ahead of the Pan
Pacific swimming championships in Gold Coast,
Australia. Authorities say Phelps has been arrested
on a DUI charge in Maryland. Transit police say they
stopped the 29-year-old Phelps at the Fort McHenry
Tunnel in Baltimore around 1:40 a.m. Tuesday, Sept.
Phelps can't seem to break a disturbing pattern.
success in the pool.
on dry land.
winningest athlete in Olympic history is facing DUI
charges for the second time after being arrested early
Tuesday in his hometown of Baltimore, where police said he
was clocked going nearly 40 mph over the speed limit and
was unable to perform a series of field sobriety tests.
charges put a damper on Phelps' comeback, which looked so
promising just over a month ago when he won three golds
and two silvers at the Pan Pacific Championships in
understand the severity of my actions and take full
responsibility," Phelps said in a statement. "I
know these words may not mean much right now but I am
deeply sorry to everyone I have let down."
apology sounded like a repeat of the ones he made after a
drunken-driving arrest a decade ago, as well as when a
British tabloid published a photograph in 2009 that showed
him using a marijuana pipe.
early to say if the 18-time gold medalist might face
sanctions from USA Swimming, which took no action in 2004
but suspended Phelps from competition for three months
over the pot picture, even though it didn't lead to
news regarding Michael Phelps and his actions are
disappointing and unquestionably serious," the
national governing body said in a statement. "We
expect our athletes to conduct themselves responsibly in
and out of the pool."
Olympic Committee had a similar reaction. CEO Scott
Blackmun said the organization was "surprised"
by Phelps' arrest and "disappointed on a number of
was charged with driving under the influence, excessive
speed and crossing double lane lines in the Fort McHenry
Tunnel on Interstate 95 in Baltimore, according to the
Maryland Transportation Authority.
convicted on the DUI charge, he would face a maximum
penalty of a year in jail, a $1,000 fine and the loss of
his driver's license for six months. Under Maryland law,
the latest case isn't considered a second offense because
his first DUI conviction occurred more than five years
could face the wrath of his sponsors, though there was no
immediate word of any company planning to drop him, as
Kellogg Co. did in 2009.
too early to tell," said Don Rockwell, the CEO of
Phelps' new swimsuit sponsor, California-based Aqua
Sphere. "For the most part, we're supportive. We just
need to wait and see what happens. This is not a
deal-breaker for us, unless we find out something else
also has deals with Subway, Under Armour, Omega and Master
Spas, among others.
August, Phelps announced he was ending his long
relationship with Speedo to sign the deal with Aqua
Sphere. Just last week, according to Rockwell, company
officials were in Baltimore working with Phelps on the
sizing of his new suit, which he can begin wearing at
meets starting Jan. 1.
must deal with a more serious issue.
Maryland Transportation Authority police officer was using
radar about 1:40 a.m. when Phelps' white 2014 Land Rover
came through the tunnel at 84 mph in a 45-mph zone, the
agency said in a statement.
officer stopped Phelps just beyond the tunnel's toll
Phelps was identified as the driver by his driver's
license and appeared to be under the influence," the
statement said. "He was unable to perform
satisfactorily a series of standard field sobriety
statement said Phelps was cooperative during his arrest.
He was taken to an authority station and later released.
London Olympics two years ago, Phelps followed through on
his long-stated plan to retire, having won twice as many
golds as anyone else and 22 medals overall.
returned to competition in April and set his sights on
competing at the Rio Games, which would be his fifth
comeback is going well.
accomplished everything we wanted to," he said after
the Pan Pacs. "We were able to find out some of the
things I need to improve on over the next year, and things
I want to improve on."
faces bigger issues outside the pool.