UPDATE: USA Swimming announced that it has suspended Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian ever.
Phelps is suspended for six months and will not be a part of next year’s U.S. team at the world championships.
The 22-time Olympic medalist also won’t be paid his monthly stipend, according to USA Swimming.
The organization said Phelps, who was charged with DUI last week in Maryland, had violated its code of conduct.
(CNN) – Legendary Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps said on his official Twitter account that he is “deeply sorry to everyone I have let down” after being arrested in Maryland on a DUI charge.
“I understand the severity of my actions and take full responsibility,” Phelps said in a series of three tweets.
Phelps was arrested in Maryland on a DUI charge, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority.
Phelps was arrested about 1:40 a.m. and charged with driving under the influence, excessive speed and crossing double lane lines within the Fort McHenry Tunnel on I-95 in Baltimore. He was later released.
A Maryland Transportation Authority police officer was operating a stationary radar on southbound I-395 leaving Baltimore when a white 2014 Land Rover passed, traveling at 84 mph in a 45-mph zone, police said.
The officer followed the vehicle onto northbound I-95, through the tunnel and stopped the Land Rover just beyond the tunnel’s toll plaza.
Phelps was identified as the driver by his driver’s license and appeared to be under the influence.
“He was unable to perform satisfactorily a series of standard field sobriety tests,” a Maryland Transportation Authority statement said. “Mr. Phelps was cooperative throughout the process.”