Michael Phelps is Sports Illustrated’s latest cover star. In a profile by Tim Layden, Phelps discussed his 2014 DUI arrest and his determination to become a better swimmer and person.
In an effort to show just how far Phelps had fallen, Layden explained that Phelps learned he was suspended from swimming while he was in rehab:
On one of his first nights, some patients were watching a football game in a common room. There was a cutaway during the broadcast of scenes of Phelps swimming and the news that he had not only been suspended for six months by USA Swimming but also banned from participating in the 2015 world championships. ‘I knew I was going to get suspended,’ says Phelps. ‘I didn’t know they were going to take worlds away. I didn’t know that was even an option. Everybody in the room looked over at me. I said, ‘Yup, that’s me. Cat’s out of the bag.’ I stood up, walked over and got a drink of water, sat back down. ‘Yup, that’s me.’