Wearing nothing but a speedo and adorned in 18 faux Olympic gold medals, the greatest Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps, who earned that title by merit of his Olympic swimming victories and number of medals earned, turned out to be a key player in the January 28 basketball game at the Arizona State University match against Oregon State University when he joined in ASU’s student sponsored “Curtain of Distraction.” When that curtain was pulled back at Thursday night’s game, Phelps “ripped off his shirt and jumped around while wearing the fake medals, black swim trunks and a bow tie. But for his second reveal, the athlete dropped trou and danced in just his teeny swimsuit instead,” according to US Magazine.
Drawing loud cheers from the fans at Wells Fargo Arena, Phelps’ antics are being credited with helping to cause OSU’s Steve Thompson with missing both of the foul shots he was going for during the second half of Thursday night’s game. ESPN quoted Arizona State’s Sun Devils’ coach, Bobby Hurley, as saying that Phelps “made a major contribution to the game.” ASU beat Oregon in that matchup, 86-68.
Phelps, a.k.a. “The Baltimore Bullet,” is working out and using the facilities at ASU while in training for the 2016 Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He’s also an avid Sun Devils’ fan and is on record as saying he’d like to be an assistant swimming coach at the university.
ASU’s “Curtain of Distraction” has long been used to “fluster a free-throw shooter from the opposing team by revealing some kind of distraction behind a black curtain,” according to ET Online. Phelps’ attire consisting of his bright yellow speedo with matching swimming cap, bow tie, and fake gold medals helped do just that on Thursday.
The Olympian has been keeping a relatively low profile since getting busted drunk driving in 2014 and surprised the masses when he announced he’d be coming out of retirement and participating in the 2016 Olympics. He did make headlines last November after announcing that he and his fiancée, Nicole Johnson, are expecting their first child.
Currently, Phelps remains the most decorated Olympian of all time with a grand total of 22 Olympic medals, 18 of them gold. For more on Phelps participating in the “Curtain of Distraction” at ASU, see the video accompanying this article.