Michael Phelps was at XS nightclub in Las Vegas on Monday night, and he appeared to be the hit of the club. As you can see in the video above, the 18-time gold medalist even attempted to go crowd surfing at one point. Unfortunately, his trip in an inflatable raft with a woman did not go so well — the crowd dropped him straight on his butt. That’s a straight party foul on the clubbers, not Phelps. By the way, it looks like the Baltimore native may have been wearing an Orioles cap. If so, those bonus points would negate the crowd surfing fail.
When the infamous photo of Michael Phelps with his mouth pressed against a bong hit the internet more than three years ago, former Miami Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder was not surprised. Crowder, who is now a mid-day host at 560 WQAM in Miami, told “The Jorge Sedano Show” he saw Phelps smoking weed no more than three weeks prior to the picture coming out. And the 18-time gold medalist was supposedly in good company.
“I was on South Beach probably three weeks before (the infamous photo came out)” Crowder explained. “Everybody knows who Young Jeezy is — he was in (the club). It was crazy because it was Young Jeezy and Michael in the next section over from us at (a nightclub). I look and I see Young Jeezy’s hanging out with a big old white guy and it was Michael Phelps.
The Olympic gold medalist is playing at St. Andrews in Scotland this week and drained an estimated 153-foot putt during the second round of the Dunhill Links Championship on Friday. That was just Phelps’ second shot on the par-4 sixth hole, and it was by far the best putt of his golfing career.
“That was the longest putt I’ve ever holed,” Phelps said according to the Associated Press. “It was pretty incredible, watching it dive in was a pretty cool feeling. So to be able to have a net hole-in-one was pretty special.”
Phelps is a 16 handicap at golf, but that number may be dropping. He said during the Olympics that he planned to play a lot of golf in retirement, and it looks like he has some skills he can develop. Maybe he can also work on picking up his sagging pants in the back.
Michael Phelps didn’t labor too hard over the holiday weekend. The swimming wizard continued his post-Olympics world traveling tour by spending some time in Las Vegas.
We’re told Phelps partied at Encore Las Vegas with training partner Allison Schmitt and poker player Phil Hellmuth on Friday, even taking his turn spinning records along with Afrojack (pictured below). Fellow swimmers Nathan Adrian and Charles Houchin joined him at the pool the next day when Phelps received a cake celebrating his retirement (pictured).
TMZ also reports that Phelps, a serious poker player, won $100,000 playing cards at Caesar’s Palace, though Phelps said the report was false.
No word on when Phelps will begin swimming with sharks.
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Now that Michael Phelps has announced he will officially retire from swimming, Ryan Lochte will be the star of the show for Team USA in the pool. Anytime the most decorated Olympian of all time is not competing, other swimmers have a better chance to take home a medal. While no Phelps could mean a better shot at a gold for Lochte and others in 2016, Ryan says he is going to miss the rivalry and camaraderie.
“I’ve been racing against him for eight years, and every time I go up on the blocks he’s right there next to me, so I’m used to it,” Lochte said on the Tonight Show With Jay Leno Thursday according to US Weekly. “He’s one of the hardest racers I’ve ever had to come across so I’m definitely going to miss him.”
When asked about the rivalry between the two, Lochte said that only exists in the water.
“We kind of leave everything in the pool,” he explained.
Outside of the pool, Phelps and Lochte appear to get along. They have been known to compliment each other on Twitter and can often be seen joking around with one another. The good news for Lochte is that he might have a little less competition now when trying to sell his lame apparel and promote his bizarre catchphrase. The good news for Phelps is that he no longer has to be in the pool next to Lochte when he pees in it.
The Olympics brand police was active throughout the Games, and they may have a new target: Michael Phelps. The record medal-winning swimmer appears in an ad campaign for leading fashion designer Louis Vuitton, but the photos could cause problems with the International Olympic Committee.
The photos were not scheduled to be released until after the Games ended, but they began popping up on the web last week. The problem is that the brand-conscious Olympics forbid athletes from promoting any non-Olympics sponsors from July 18 to August 15.
The early appearance of the photos could result in severe punishment for Phelps, CNBC reports.
According to Rule 40 from the IOC, “a competitor or a team may lose the benefit of any ranking obtained in relation to other events at the Olympic Games at which he or it was disqualified or excluded; in such case the medals and diplomas won by him or it shall be returned to the IOC.”
Vuitton and the photographer deny they played a role in the photos being leaked while the Games were ongoing, but there could be some consequences, such as Phelps losing his medals.
Based on how upset the IOC got over some unauthorized condoms and Ryan Lochte’s grill, you can never count them out from doling a harsh punishment, though I would bet against it. Olympics officials seemed to soften toward the end of the Games, and the IOC probably wouldn’t risk that much negative publicity over something that may have been out of the Olympian’s hands.
Michael Phelps has more money than he knows what to do with and is also a huge poker fan. It doesn’t take a financial advisor to understand how that could become a dangerous combination. Phelps had a net worth of roughly $40 million heading into the London Olympics, and many believe that number could triple as a result of future endorsements. A lot of it could disappear very quickly if the most decorated Olympian in history enjoys gambling as much as the National Enquirer says he does.
“All Michael thinks about is gambling,” a source told the Enquirer according to the Daily Mail. “Michael has a ‘don’t quit until you win’ attitude which was great while he was swimming but could be costly playing poker.”
The source also said Phelps has lost hundreds of thousands of dollars gambling and that the number could increase into the millions now that he has retired from competitive swimming. Phelps has admitted in the past that he loves playing poker and has met some of his closest friends during games. The Daily Mail also pointed out that Phelps lives with professional poker player Jeff Gross.
“This is not a good element for Michael to be hanging out with,” another source said. ‘It’s just going to get him in trouble – big trouble.”
Phelps’ friends say he plays in a $25,000 buy-in game per week. That probably isn’t much compared to what he’s worth, but legendary athletes like Pete Rose and Michael Jordan have shown us that it can be a slippery slope. Not everyone gets lucky on miraculous comebacks and long-shot horses.
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