Fourteen-time gold medal winner and notable toker Michael Phelps is in New York City right now to visit his mother, Debbie Phelps, as she makes the rounds on her book tour. And it seems he’s looking to give his mom some material for a second book.
Phelps has kept a low profile since photos of him taking a hit from a bong hit newspapers and websites everywhere, but you can only keep a party animal caged for so long. On Tuesday night Phelps hit the New York City club scene, and according to witnesses he had himself a pretty good time. Though it appears he’s replaced the bong with bottles of Grey Goose.
From the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS:
“Michael was definitely having a good time,” an eyewitness tells us. “He was drinking straight from a bottle of Grey Goose, and when the deejay started playing M.I.A.’s ‘Paper Planes,’ he got up, started dancing like a loon and kept on yelling, ‘Shots!’”
Phelps definitely had enough alcohol on hand for several rounds — he’d ordered four bottles of vodka.
In addition, the athlete skeeved out onlookers when he persisted in PDA-ing with his girlfriend, cocktail waitress Caroline (Caz) Pal.
“They wouldn’t stop making out! They were literally sucking face, and not caring that anyone was watching,” says our snitch, who added that Phelps danced up such a storm that he briefly went shirtless, changing out of his T-shirt in the club and putting on a zip-up hoodie with nothing underneath.
Of course, not everybody who saw Phelps getting his Goose on and making out with his girlfriend knew who he was. At one point Phelps spotted UConn center Hasheem Thabeet, and when he went over to introduce himself Thabeet had no idea who Phelps was. Apparently they’re not big swimming buffs in Tanzania.
Phelps didn’t leave the club until 2:30am when he and his girlfriend hopped into a cab to go hang out at a friend’s place and relax. Whether that relaxation included a bong or not, we can’t be sure, but I’ll just say that it did because that makes for a better story.