SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Six-time Olympic champion Michael Phelps was arrested last week and charged with drunken driving.
A trooper saw the 19-year-old swimming sensation go through a stop sign Thursday night, state police said Monday. The trooper saw signs of intoxication and arrested Phelps for driving under the influence, police said.
Phelps also was charged with violation of a license restriction and failure to obey a stop sign. The legal drinking age in Maryland is 21.
"I want to say that last week I made a mistake. I wanted to share my feelings and I know that getting in a car with anything to drink is wrong, dangerous and is unacceptable," Phelps told The Associated Press.
"I'm 19, but I was taught that no matter how old you are you should always take responsibility for your action, which I will do. I'm very sorry this happened."
The swimmer from suburban Baltimore won eight medals at the Athens Olympics, including six golds.
Phelps is potentially going to lose tons of endorsements and think about how hard it is for a SWIMMER to get noticed.
"When did they pass a law that says the people who make my sandwich have to be wearing gloves? I'm not comfortable with this. I don't want glove residue all over my food; it's not sanitary. Who knows where these gloves have been?" - George Carlin
I thought he was supposed to go to the University of Michigan to train this fall and on from there. As for the endorsements, if we haven't seen anything by now, I doubt we'll see anything until May or so 2008. This will be forgotten by 2008, unless of course this becomes a habit of his in which case he probably won't even make the team in 2008.
I think Silva's excuse falls under the Principal Skinner-saying-he's-a-virgin strategy of "admit to something embarrassing to cover up a lie, since nobody will believe anyone would make up something so humiliating."