After his second arrest for driving under the influence, Michael Phelps is taking measures.
On Twitter this morning, the 29-year-old Olympic gold medalist, sent out a series of tweets acknowledging his actions.
The past few days have been extremely difficult.— Michael Phelps (@MichaelPhelps) October 5, 2014
I recognize that this is not my first lapse in judgment, and I am extremely disappointed with myself.— Michael Phelps (@MichaelPhelps) October 5, 2014
He further says what he plans to do about his latest arrest that occurred on September 30.
I’m going to take some time away to attend a program that will provide the help I need to better understand myself.— Michael Phelps (@MichaelPhelps) October 5, 2014
Swimming is a major part of my life, but right now I need to focus my attention on me as an individual,— Michael Phelps (@MichaelPhelps) October 5, 2014
and do the necessary work to learn from this experience and make better decisions in the future.— Michael Phelps (@MichaelPhelps) October 5, 2014
While he does not go into specifics about the program that will provide him with help, he is taking the next step after saying he was "deeply sorry" to everyone that he let down.
A spokesperson for Phelps said, "As Michael stated, he recognizes the seriousness of his actions and is taking steps to address them. He is entering himself into a six-week, in-patient program. While this has been an extremely difficult time for him, he is encouraged that this comprehensive program will help him focus on all of his life experiences and identify areas of need for long-term personal growth and development. Michael takes this matter seriously and intends to share his learning experiences with others in the future."
Back in Nov. 2004, at age 19, Phelps was arrested for a DUI. He pleaded guilty in exchange for 18-months probation. He was also suspended for three months by USA Swimming after a photo surfaced of him with a bong.
Phelps does not shy away from media attention. He posed naked for ESPN's body issue. Watch him in the video below.