Michael Phelps has accumulated 22 Olympic medals, 18 of them gold, but that has not stopped him from making mistakes. He was arrested on a DUI charge early September 30th at 1:40 a.m. on southbound I-395 leaving Baltimore. He was driving a 2014 Land Rover going 84 mph in a 45 mph zone. Phelps was also charged with excessive speeding and crossing double lane lines.
This was not Phelps’ first DUI charge. Back in 2004, he was charged with a DUI when he was 19 years old. He was pulled over at around 11:30 p.m. because he failed to halt at a stop sign. He was driving his 2005 Land Rover with two other passengers in the car. He was arrested and later charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol, violation of a license restriction, and failure to obey a traffic control device. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 18 months probation.
After each DUI incident, Phelps apologized and owned up to his actions. Phelps stated, “I understand the severity of my actions and take full responsibility. I know these words may not mean much right now but I am deeply sorry to everyone I have let down” (http://www.people.com). This shows how he knows that he made a mistake and is disappointed in himself. He was cooperative when he was pulled over, but he still failed to pass the sobriety test.
Phelps’ DUI not only affected himself, but it affected people close to him as well. Jon Urbanchek, an assistant to head coach Bob Bowman, texted Phelps that, “Michael, we’ll get over this one too. Regardless of what anyone says, you’re a good guy.” He supports Phelps and still wants him to succeed even though he made a mistake. Coach Urbanchek also stated about Michael’s DUI, “a stupid mistake … he should have known better.” He also said how Michael is much more mature now, then he was in 2004, when he received his first DUI. He hopes Michael will grow and learn from this mistake so that it never happens again (http://espn.go.com).
Michael Phelps decided he is going to enter a six-week, in-patient program for driving under the influence. He clearly understands the consequences, and this shows how he really will try to learn from this mistake. Phelps stated, “Swimming is a major part of my life, but right now I need to focus my attention on me as an individual, and do the necessary work to learn from this experience and make better decisions in the future.”