Phelps Chugs Vodka While Mom Plugs Book
Swimmer backs mom in NYC, up-ends bottle of Grey Goose
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 9, 2009 10:13 AM CDT
Swimmer Michael Phelps and his mother Debbie arrive at USA Swimming Foundation's Golden Goggle Awards in the Beverly Hills area of Los Angeles, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2007 in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)
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(Newser) – Michael Phelps, well on his way to reclaiming his All-American image, was spotted at a New York hotspot “drinking straight from a bottle of Grey Goose,” a source tells the Daily News. At one point, “he got up, started dancing like a loon and kept on yelling, ‘Shots!’” Phelps—who ordered four bottles of vodka—was in the city “to be with his mama, of course,” said Debbie Phelps.

And what was his mama doing in New York? Promoting her upcoming memoir, A Mother for All Seasons. When her son’s pot scandal broke, “I listened to what Michael had to say,” Debbie tells the Post. “Then he had to listen. I asked why it happened, what's he going to do about this, where do we go from here. Look, every person has a speed bump."