Michael Phelps Is Going to Rehab

By Shawn Dwyer 10/06/14

The gold medal-winning swimmer stated his desire to seek help in a series of tweets.

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After being charged with his second DUI in 10 years, Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps has decided it's time to check himself into rehab. Phelps stated his desire to seek help in a series of tweets on Sunday.

"I recognize that this is not my first lapse in judgment, and I am extremely disappointed with myself," he wrote. "I’m going to take some time away to attend a program that will provide the help I need to better understand myself."

In the wee hours last Tuesday morning, Phelps was caught doing 84 mph in a 45 mph zone in Baltimore, Md. An officer pulled over his Land Rover around 1:40 am and noticed right away that he was "under the influence," according to the police report.

It was confirmed a few days later that Phelps blew a .14 on a breathalyzer, which is almost twice the legal limit. According to a recent report by TMZ Sports, Phelps had been on an eight-hour gambling binge the night of the incident.

"Swimming is a major part of my life, but right now I need to focus my attention on me as an individual," Phelps said on Twitter, "and do the necessary work to learn from this experience and make better decisions in the future."

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