USA Swimming has suspended Olympic champion Michael Phelps, 23, after he was photographed smoking a bong (SN reported). Phelps was set to make a return to professional swimming for the first time since wowing the world at the Beijing Olympics.
USA Swimming said: "This is not a situation where any anti-doping rule was violated, but we decided to send a strong message to Michael because he disappointed so many people, particularly the hundreds of thousands of USA Swimming member kids..."
They added that, "Michael has voluntarily accepted this reprimand and has committed to earn back our trust." This is the second blow in as many days for Phelps, who lost his sponsorship contract with Kellogg (SN reported).