Phelps is banned from competitive swimming for six months and forced to withdraw from the 2015 FINA World Championships Team after being arrested for driving under the influence in Baltimore. USA Swimming Executive Director Chuck Wielgus:
Membership in USA Swimming, and particularly at the National Team level, includes a clear obligation to adhere to our Code of Conduct. Should an infraction occur, it is our responsibility to take appropriate action based on the individual case. Michael’s conduct was serious and required significant consequences. Michael has publicly acknowledged the impact of his decisions, his accountability especially due to his stature in the sport and the steps necessary for self-improvement. We endorse and are here to fully support his personal development actions.