Famous Olympians who fell from grace
Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian in history, received a suspended prison sentence of one year, plus one and a half years of probation, after pleading guilty to a drunken driving charge in 2014. USA Swimming also banned him from the sport for six months. The embarrassing incident marked Phelps’ second DUI arrest in 10 years.
At the time of his 2014 sentencing, Phelps’ lawyer claimed the swimmer had completed a 45-day stint in rehab, was attending Alcoholics Anonymous, and seeking further help from a counselor, according to The New York Times. “I now have the tools to move past this,” Phelps told the court. “What I did was wrong, and I made a bad mistake. I’m looking forward to having a much brighter future than I had in the past.”
Five years prior to his 2014 arrest, Phelps came under fire after a photo of him with a marijuana pipe was published in a British tabloid. Phelps acknowledged the photo was real, received a three-month suspension from USA Swimming, and lost one of his biggest sponsors, the food company Kellogg, The New York Times confirmed.
Phelps was back in the pool and and back on top at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, adding another five gold medals and one silver to his extensive collection.