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Michael Phelps suspended by USA Swimming

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."

Cereal and snack maker Kellogg Company says it will not renew its sponsorship contract with the Olympic champion. The Michigan based company says Phelps's behavior is "not consistent with the image of Kellogg."

Phelps won eight gold medals in Beijing.

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