Yesterday, Olympian Michael Phelps was suspended from competition for three months by USA Swimming, thanks to the now infamous published photo which appears to show him using marijuana. I guess this their way of punishing him for just being plain immature and hurting his image. I didn’t think he’d be swimming anyway; however, I guess it was a convenient time to give him the hammer.
From the Washington Post: The decision from the sport’s national governing body means Phelps will not be able to compete at a handful of popular U.S. grand prix events in the coming months, but he will remain eligible for the U.S. championships in Indianapolis in July, the qualifying event for the world championships in Rome.
“Michael Phelps is the greatest star our sport has ever had and he is a role model and hero for hundreds of thousands of kids,” USA Swimming Executive Director Chuck Wielgus said in a phone interview. “Under our code of conduct, we felt we had an obligation to address this issue, to send a message to Michael and to our membership.”
In addition, he’s lost a sponsor — Kellogg’s. They obviously dropped him after him seeing his photo. I guess they had to do what they had to do.