Michael Phelps Opens Up to Matt Lauer on ‘Today’

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The Michael Phelps comeback tour rolls on. The swimming legend had a poolside sit down with Matt Lauer on Wednesday morning’s Today show. The Baltimore native talked about what led up to his 2014 arrest for DUI in the Fort McHenry Tunnel, and why this Olympics is different.

In the months leading up to the London games, Phelps was missing practices and fighting with his coach Bob Bowman.

“I didn’t care. I honestly didn’t care.”

After London, he “was just over it,” he says and didn’t want to have anything to do with the sport.

As for his DUI arrest, and his 45-day stint in Arizona rehab center The Meadows, he says it wasn’t necessarily because of a drinking problem.  When Lauer asks Phelps if he is an alcoholic, he responds, “I don’t know.”

“I checked myself into rehab because I was at a point in my life where something had to change, and I had to figure things out,” he says.

He has a new attitude for this summer’s Olympic games, however. The difference at Rio? He wants to be there. “I haven’t trained like this in a decade,” he says.

Watch the segment, here.

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  1. What do you do when you are worth $55M and have achieved everything you will ever achieve by age 30? Time for drinks? Pass that doobie?

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