Olympic swimming star Michael Phelps is reportedly entering rehab following his second DUI charge last week.
Phelps made the announcement on his Facebook page and in a series of tweets:
“The past few days have been extremely difficult,” Phelps wrote. “I recognize that this is not my first lapse in judgment, and I am extremely disappointed with myself. I’m going to take some time away to attend a program that will provide the help I need to better understand myself.”
“Swimming is a major part of my life,” Phelps continued. “But right now I need to focus my attention on me as an individual, and do the necessary work to learn from this experience and make better decisions in the future.”
Phelps registered a .14 on a Breathalyzer test after he was stopped for a speeding violation last week. It was the second time that he has been charged with a DUI in Maryland.
Phelps faces up to one year in jail, a $1,000 fine and the loss of his driver’s license for six months if he’s convicted on the most recent charges.
Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time. He won 22 Olympic medals, including 18 gold medals.
He’s making a comeback after he retired following the 2012 London Olympics.
He won three gold medals while representing the U.S. in last month’s Pan Pacific championships.