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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2013
Michael Phelps generated some buzz at the World Swimming Championships in Barcelona this week when he was non-committal to the latest media inquiries about his future. Since he wouldn't specifically rule out one more attempt to add to his medal collection at the next Olympics, it's probably fair to wonder if he is no longer so certain about staying retired. "I don't know what's going to happen in the future," Phelps told the Associated Press on Monday. "I don't know what's going to happen tomorrow.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
USA Swimming has suspended Michael Phelps from competition for six months and removed him from its 2015 world championship team in response to the record-setting Olympian's drunken-driving arrest in Baltimore last week. The punishment came the day after Phelps announced he was checking into a six-week, in-patient treatment program to work on his personal life. “Michael's conduct was serious and required significant consequences,” USA Swimming's executive director, Chuck Wielgus, said in a statement.
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April 2, 2012
We really enjoyed Jean Marbella 's article about Michael Phelps ("In his 'last year,' Phelps thoughtful," March 29). My family and I have always been huge fans of Michael Phelps . We met him and his mom, Debbie, at a golf event several years ago. My elderly mom, Trudy, who closely follows his career, was treated as a special guest of the Phelps' at the event and it really meant a lot to her. Ms. Marbella describes Michael as...
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October 6, 2014
I would like to sit down with Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps and explain to him the permanency of death ( "Olympian Michael Phelps arrested for drunken driving a second time ," Sept. 30). In 2004, my son had just graduated high school and had his whole life ahead of him - until a drunk driver hit and killed him in November. Maybe Mr. Phelps would like to explain to me, since I have never received any explanation from the 55-year-old woman who struck my son, why he is above the law. What gives him the right to jeopardize everyone else?
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2012
Michael Phelps has the money to pretty much sleep anywhere, in anything, that he wants. It turns out for the last year or so, the Olympian has been hitting the hay in a high-altitude sleeping chamber. Mention of the so-called "contraption" got a big eye-brow raise out of Anderson Cooper on Sunday's "60 Minutes. " "Inside Michael's apartment, an unusual contraption," Cooper said with drama. "A chamber he sleeps in that simulates high altitude. " And, Cooper added for effect: "He doesn't want anyone to see it, but he was willing to talk to us about it. " Phelps described the weirdness of heading into his bedroom, but then having to enter something else before retiring.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2012
There he was, before every major swim in the London Olympics, lost in thought and music pumping from headphones that covered his ears. And now, a clever company wants to sell you a pair of those Michael Phelps headphones. The red, white and blue headphones are available for pre-order on Ebay, through Sol Republic, which has inked a deal with Phelps. The headphones cost $149.99. A portion of the proceeds will to to the Michael Phelps Foundation. "He absolutely loves this brand," his agent Peter Carlisle told ESPN.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | January 11, 2013
Michael Phelps is playing some serious poker in the Bahamas with the likes of Jason Alexander. But cards, shmards. At least one reporter is more interested in nominating the swimmer/golfer/card shark/retiree for the next episode of "What Not to Wear. " Chris Chase of USA Today offered quite the post-game analysis of Phelps' wardrobe  in a Thursday blog post: "Let's analyze the look Phelps is sporting in the Caribbean," he writes. "It's a style that screams, 'I'm retired and the only time I'm setting foot in a pool is if there's a swim-up bar attached to it.'" It actually also seems to scream, "I'm comfortable and wearing a lot of stuff I probably got for free.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2013
Baltimore's favorite half-man, half-fish, Olympian extraordinaire Michael Phelps, will have a cameo on the midseason premiere of USA's "Suits. " Phelps will play himself, the only athlete whom lawyer Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) could never land. Things get complicated when rival Scottie (Abigail Spencer) also tries to court Phelps. Phelps is a fan of the show; in July, he tweeted that the current season is "awesooommee!!!" and has listed the show as one of his favorites, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2014
Ever wanted to make a cameo appearance on a favorite TV show? Michael Phelps is about to do just that, appearing on an episode of the USA Network drama "Suits" that will air March 6.  Phelps, who has said he's a fan of the show, has an easy role to play -- himself.  Phelps encounters Gabriel Macht's character in a restaurant along with the attorney's girlfriend and colleague who is played by Abigail Spencer, as first reported by ...
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November 29, 2012
As the 2012 Summer Olympics drew to a close, so did the career of the most decorated Olympian in history, Michael Phelps, Baltimorean extraordinaire. We've watched Michael grow from a gangly 15-year-old Olympic rookie into a 27-year-old Olympic champion. We've been honored to watch his amazing growth and transformation. As with all youngsters it hasn't always been perfect, but it's as close to perfection as anyone has ever gotten. And in the end he's our boy. This great athlete deserves our permanent recognition for his singular achievement.
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By Alison Knezevich and The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2014
Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps plans to enter a six-week in-patient treatment program after his recent drunken-driving arrest, he and his agent said Sunday. The move should help his legal case and boost his public image as he seeks to keep a swimming comeback alive, legal and sports experts said. In statements on social media Sunday morning, Phelps told his fans that he plans to take time off to "attend a program" and focus on his personal life. "I recognize that this is not my first lapse in judgment, and I am extremely disappointed with myself," said Phelps, the most decorated Olympian in history.
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October 3, 2014
Sportswriter Peter Schmuck suggests that Michael Phelps "could face public ridicule and lose a ton of sponsorship money for his latest indiscretion," as if this might be the most important result of his irresponsible actions ( " Michael Phelps ' arrest is last thing Baltimore needed," Sept. 30). Why did Mr. Schmuck not address the irreparable damage that could have been inflicted on the families of any of the potential victims of Mr. Phelps' "indiscretion"? For that matter, why did Mr. Schmuck even refer to Mr. Phelps' action as an "indiscretion" rather than what it really was - a criminal act?
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October 3, 2014
It's sad to see Michael Phelps in the news again, not for his athletic accomplishments but for driving drunk - again ( "Phelps faces second charge," Oct. 1). Now he's gone from wayward youth making a bad decision to a problem drinker and public menace. He should have made the smart choice, given up drinking for good and smoked marijuana instead. Then, instead of driving around like an idiot risking other people's lives, he would have been sitting at home on his couch watching TV and eating potato chips.
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Jean Marbella, Justin Fenton and Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
Red-eyed and slurring his words, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps had a blood alcohol level of 0.14, well above the state limit of 0.08, when he was arrested and charged with drunken driving Tuesday morning after leaving the Horseshoe Casino in downtown Baltimore, according to court documents. Phelps, 29, failed two roadside sobriety tests and was asked to perform a third involving balancing on one leg, according to the documents, but told the officer, "That's not happening. " The swimmer, who returned to competition last year after retiring in 2012 as the most decorated Olympian of all time, is scheduled for trial on Nov. 19 in Baltimore City District Court.
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October 1, 2014
Michael Phelps was largely forgiven for driving drunk near Salisbury University in 2004 because he was 19 years old. The charge was reduced to driving impaired, his record ultimately wiped clean by the courts. Five years later when a photo of him inhaling from a water pipe commonly used to smoke marijuana hit the Internet, he apologized again, and that incident blew over quickly as well. But what happened early Tuesday morning outside the Fort McHenry Tunnel was different. The man who possesses the most Olympic medals of any athlete in history failed a Breathalyzer test.
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Peter Schmuck and The Schmuck Stops Here | September 30, 2014
Well, it's not like we didn't already have a national image problem. Baltimore has been mired in an ugly police brutality scandal and is widely viewed as one of the most lawless and dangerous places in America because of the real issues that plague most of the nation's urban areas and also the negative portrayals of the city in the movies and on TV. In times like these, a city turns its lonely eyes to its sports heroes, so the last thing this...
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | July 27, 2012
Michael Phelps could very well become the greatest Olympian of all time but he says when he retires from swimming after the London Games, he plans to conquer a new sport: Horse racing. Phelps tells Yahoo that he's quite serious about buying a race horse with his longtime coach Bob Bowman. He tells the news organization that the two have discussed it repeatedly. In fact, he has his eye on Preakness 2014 -- if not the Triple Crown. "I think it would be cool," Phelps told Yahoo, adding that he hopes to hit all of next year's Triple Crown races as an observer, if not a shopper.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 21, 2013
Orioles manager Buck Showalter sensed some nervousness in record-setting Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps as he lingered around the Orioles batting cage. Phelps, a Baltimore-area native, clutched a bat and wore an orange Orioles jersey with No. 18 on the back - for the record number of Olympic gold medals Phelps has won as a world-class swimmer. The 27-year-old Phelps joined the Orioles before Thursday's intrasquad game at Ed Smith Stadium, taking batting practice with the team.
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Justin Fenton and Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
Michael Phelps was arrested early Tuesday in Baltimore, charged for the second time in 10 years with drunken driving. The charge comes five months after the record-setting Olympian's return to competition. Phelps, 29, was stopped for speeding just outside the Fort McHenry Tunnel about 1:40 a.m. Tuesday, Maryland Transportation Authority Police said. He was clocked going 84 mph in a 45-mph zone in his 2014 Land Rover and subsequently failed a standard field sobriety test, police said.
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From Sun staff reports | September 4, 2014
Michael Phelps , the most-decorated Olympian of all time, is among seven North Baltimore Aquatic Club swimmers named Wednesday to the 2014-15 USA Swimming national team roster. Phelps, who is returning from retirement, made the team in the (100-meter freestyle, 100 backstroke, 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley. He's joined by Chase Kalisz (200 fly, 200 IM, 400 IM); Conor Dwyer (200 free, 200 IM); Matt McLean (200 free, 400 free); Allison Schmitt (200 free); Cierra Runge (400 free, 800 free)
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