This one gets immediately filed in the AWESOME category.
Check out this story on the party that Phelps not only attended but was the main attraction.
He bet TWO GRAND on a Beirut game (or Beer Pong depending on where you are from)! They were passing around drugs and drug paraphernalia like gift baskets at church! And he laid down a wad of bills on a Beirut game and paid up when he lost. That is amazing. I love how he had bodyguards watching the door and kindly asking people to not take pictures. The second they saw a flash or a cameraphone pop up they should have gone Chris Martin on that ass (from Coldplay...he of the paparazzi-beating mindset).
I am personlaly appalled that a picture from that party made it to the tabloids. I hope for the sake of whomever snapped and sold that picture, they remain anonymous. Because I am betting the payday from the picture isn't worth the beatdown coming their way if they are found out. TREASON!
Phelps was huge when he just had a bazillion gold medals. I wager that he has gained more fans in the average, everyday American demograph than he ever did by swimming the length of the pool. Maybe I'm wrong. But I doubt it on this one.