Michael Phelps had just finished up an 8-hour gambling session at a Baltimore casino before he was popped for DUI early Tuesday morning ... TMZ Sports has learned.
According to our casino sources, Phelps hit up the Horseshoe Casino around 5pm Monday afternoon ... and sat in a private VIP gambling room for hours ... finally leaving around 1am.
We're told Phelps was playing blackjack ... though it's unclear if he also played other card games that night. There have been several reports that he's big into poker.
Clearly, Phelps had been drinking inside the casino ... we're told his booze of choice was beer ... and when he was pulled over around 1:40am, it was just a few miles from the casino.
We're told Phelps is a regular at the casino ... in fact, he was just there last month playing poker.
We reached out to Phelps for comment -- so far, no dice.
Half Court Shots Goin' In
... On A Tuesday
9/30/2014 3:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Pistons big man Andre Drummond believes in two things -- basketball and turning up -- and he's got hilarious video evidence to prove the two loves of his life can live in perfect harmony.
Andre just posted a video to Instagram showing him sinking a RIDICULOUS half court shot at the Pistons' facility then celebrating by two stepping to one of hottest club bangers in the country.
Check out clip -- The song, called "Club Going Up ... On A Tuesday" By ILoveMakkonen is clearly Drummond's jam, you can tell by the smile on his face when he jams to it.
'I'm Deeply Sorry'
... For DUI Arrest
9/30/2014 12:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Phelps just issued a statement on his DUI arrest in Baltimore this morning ... saying he takes "full responsibility" and is sorry he let everyone down.
Here's the statement Phelps just issued on Twitter:
"Earlier this morning, I was arrested and charged with DUI, excessive speeding and crossing double lane lines."
"I understand the severity of my actions and take full responsibility."
"I know these words may not mean much right now but I am deeply sorry to everyone I have let down."
TMZ Sports broke the story ... Phelps was pulled over around 1:40 AM for going 84 in a 45 ... and during the stop, the officer noticed the Olympic legend was hammered.
He was charged with DUI, excessive speeding and crossing double lanes.
NY Giants Running Back
I Can Help Your Fantasy Team
... If You Help Me
9/30/2014 12:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Fantasy Football doesn't have to be a 1-way street ... so says NY Giants running back Rashad Jennings who tells us there IS a way for Fantasy owners to help improve his performance on the field.
Jennings -- who's already rushed for 341 yards and 2 TDs this season -- was out in NYC today ... when he explained the most important thing Fantasy owners can do ... and it makes total sense.
Check out the clip -- and if you think you're up to the task, Rashad's Twitter handle is @RashadJennings.
No pressure ...
NFL Star Torrey Smith
Best Wedding Crasher Ever
... Says Bride
9/30/2014 11:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Finally, a GOOD story out of Baltimore ... where a Ravens superfan got the thrill of a lifetime on her wedding day ... all thanks to Torrey Smith.
The Ravens wide receiver was chillin' at the Hyatt Regency in Baltimore Saturday when a couple -- ABOUT TO GET MARRIED -- noticed him going up the escalator.
We spoke to the bride, Courtney, who tells us she's a DIE-HARD Ravens fans who immediately noticed Smith "the second I saw those big pearly whites" ... and flagged him down.
Courtney says Smith couldn't have been nicer -- and he and his wife came back down the escalator to take pics with the about-to-be-married couple.
"They were a super awesome couple, took the time to talk to us, and wish us both well," Courtney says.
But that's not all ... 'cause after the photo sesh, Torrey and his wife went back to their room -- which happened to overlook the ceremony -- and took pics which they tweeted and Instagramed to the newlyweds.
"They put the cherry on top to an already perfect day."
BUSTED FOR DUI
9/30/2014 8:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Phelps was arrested for driving under the influence in Baltimore, Maryland early this morning ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Our sources tell us ... the USA Olympic legend was pulled over around 1:40 AM in his white Land Rover. We're told he bombed his field sobriety test ... and his B.A.C. was almost twice the legal limit.
Officials just issued a statement saying Phelps was initially pulled over for going 84 in a 45 ... and during the stop, the officer noticed he was hammered.
Our sources say Phelps was hauled to a nearby station where he was booked for DUI -- and was eventually released.
Cops say Phelps was charged with DUI, excessive speeding and crossing double lane lines.
We've made multiple calls to Michael's reps -- but they would not take our calls.
1:00 PM PT -- Michael is now apologizing for the arrest.
Phelps 'Made Dumb Decision'
... Should've Had a Driver
9/30/2014 9:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ryan Lochte says he doesn't understand why Michael Phelps didn't just hire a driver to take him home early Tuesday morning ... telling TMZ Sports his decision to get behind the wheel after allegedly drinking was just plain dumb.
We reached out to Phelps' Team USA swimming teammate and asked if he was concerned for the Olympic legend ... to which Lochte replied, "I'm not concerned ... he just makes dumb decisions."
Lochte continued, "He has so much money to get a driver. I even have a driver. Just stinks for the sport of swimming."
"But he will become smarter from this. Luckily he did not hurt himself or someone else."
TMZ Sports broke the story ... Phelps was arrested early Tuesday morning for DUI ... his second DUI arrest in the past 10 years.
Huge Muslim Org.
Offers Sensitivity Training to NFL
... After Prayer Penalty
9/30/2014 8:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The largest Muslim organization in North America says it's offering "sensitivity training" to the NFL after a Muslim player was penalized for striking a Muslim prayer pose during Monday Night Football.
TMZ Sports spoke with a rep for Islamic Society of North America who tells us they were shocked when Kansas City Chiefs player Husain Abdullah was flagged after dropping to his knees following a pick 6 in the 4th quarter.
The NFL has since issued a statement admitting the ref botched the call -- and ISNA says it "appreciates the NFL in backtracking and making the right call."
ISNA says it originally believed the penalty was a "double standard" -- especially with Tim Tebow's famous kneeling celebration in the past going unflagged.
"Husain is a big hero in the Muslim American community ... we thought it was unfortunate."
But ISNA says they want to work WITH the NFL to make sure it doesn't happen again -- saying, "We are happy to educate the NFL with competency or sensitivity training."
As for Husain, the ISNA says it's very proud of the 29-year-old ... adding, "It's good to see a Muslim American player have success in the NFL."
I Can Help You Trim Your Pubes!
9/30/2014 7:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Brett Favre knows the importance of manscaping ... because you never know when your nether regions will be seen by the world ... and that could be why he's now endorsing a line of body hair trimmers.
Favre is now the face of MicroTouch -- which sells various male grooming products.
In the new TV spot, a freshly clean-shaven Favre brags how "I got my groom back" ... and makes it clear his freshly shorn look is already a hit with the ladies.
No close ups of the body hair trimming ... but the insinuation is clear ... if your nude selfie somehow gets exposed to the world, you don't want it to look like 1972 down there.
'TMZ Hollywood Sports'
How to Blow $110 Million!
9/30/2014 6:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Wanna know how blow a $110 MILLION fortune in just 13 short years??? Well, then you need to watch "TMZ Hollywood Sports" ... where we talk to the ex-NBA star who actually did it!
Plus, an NFL star has a beef with "Saturday Night Live" ... Shaq messes with passed out partiers ... and a world famous athlete says he'd still be a virgin if it wasn't for golf!
Make sure to check out the brand NEW episode of "TMZ Hollywood Sports" on Reelz -- every weekday at 8pm ET, 5pm PT.
Click here to find Reelz on your cable provider!
I'm Boycotting the NFL
Scandals 'Turned Me Off'
9/30/2014 6:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Supermodel Tyson Beckford says he's done with the NFL ... at least for now ... saying he doesn't feel good about supporting the league after all of the recent scandals.
The face of Ralph Lauren arrived at LAX Monday when he explained why he's kicked his Sunday habit.
"I don't even watch football no more," Tyson said ... "Seriously, I stopped watching ... it really turned me off."
Tyson says he hasn't watched one single NFL game this season -- and doesn't plan to anytime soon.
He also explains why he feels the shady actions of the NFL screwed over Ray Rice and his wife.
Check out the clip.
DEATH DEFYING DUNK
I'm Not Afraid of Marfan Syndrome
9/30/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
3 months after his NBA dreams were dashed when he was diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome, Isaiah Austin is back on the court ... proving he's STILL one of the most explosive players in the country.
The 20-year-old 7-footer -- who was projected to be a 1st round pick in the 2014 NBA Draft -- pulled out the video camera and recorded himself doing a Eastbay Dunk recently ... and it's NASTY!!!!
Austin hung up the sneaks due to the diagnosis because the syndrome can affect the heart -- and overexerting himself on a consistent basis can have fatal consequences.
But apparently Isaiah feels one RIDICULOUS dunk every once in a while can't hurt ... especially when the dunk is so damn impressive.
FYI -- Austin has re-enrolled at Baylor, where he was one of the best players in the country, and is working on taking up the offer Adam Silver made at the draft ... that Austin would have an NBA office job as soon as he got his degree.
Aside from his studies, Austin is working as a "student assistant" with the basketball team -- and it's obvious the kids could learn a lot from this dude.
Crashes HS Homecoming Dance
'Can I Cut In?'
9/30/2014 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Dez Bryant is one-upping Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson ... 'cause the Cowboys WR crashed a high school homecoming dance this past weekend ... and the kids went NUTS!!!
It all went down at the Gaylord Hotel in Grapevine, TX -- just outside of Dallas -- where a group of high school kids were getting ready to leave the dance when a black Bentley rolled up.
We spoke with Kevin -- one of the kids in the group -- who tells us when thy realized the man in the car was #88, they started "throwing up the X" -- Dez's signature TD celebration ... and he came over to hang out.
"We all freaked out and asked for a picture," Kevin says ... who tells us Dez was super-nice to everyone and struck pose after pose until everyone got a pic.
"He was an awesome guy ... and extremely kind to all of us."
Too bad the Saints defense doesn't feel the same way.