USA Swimming Suspends Michael Phelps for 3 Months

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) _ Michael Phelps has been suspended from competition for three months by USA Swimming, the latest fallout from a photo that showed the Olympic great inhaling from a
marijuana pipe.

The sport's national governing body also cut off its financial support to Phelps for the same three-month period, effective Thursday.

``This is not a situation where any anti-doping rule was violated, but we decided to send a strong message to Michael because he disappointed so many people, particularly the hundreds of thousands of USA Swimming member kids who look up to him as a role model and a hero,'' the federation said in a statement.

``Michael has voluntarily accepted this reprimand and has committed to earn back our trust.''

Phelps won eight gold medals in Beijing.

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