Phil Mickelson doesn’t feel the need to address allegations linking him to an illegal gambling operation, saying Wednesday he is used to being an “object to be discussed.”
“There’s two things that I thought would probably come up, probably the report that came out last week,” said Mickelson, who is set to play in this week’s Scottish Open at Gullane. “Feel free to ask about it. I probably won’t say anything, but feel free to ask. I understand you have editors and you need to ask questions.”
ESPN reported last week that $2.75 million belonging to Mickelson was transferred to a former sports gambling handicapper, who pleaded guilty to laundering money. According to court documents obtained by ESPN, the money was part of “an illegal gambling operation which accepted and placed bets on sporting events.”
“The fact is, I’m comfortable enough with who I am as a person that I don’t feel I need to comment on every little report that comes out,” Mickelson said, when asked for a response to the OTL report.
Surprised Phil Mickelson's sponsor @KPMG, a financial institution, has had no comment on the gambling story. Has to be very uncomfortable.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) July 1, 2015
Mickelson hasn’t been charged with a crime and isn’t under federal investigation. Until either of those changes, odds are he’s likely to stay quiet on the matter.
The 45-year-old Mickelson, a five-time major champion, has long been known for his gambling lifestyle, both on the course and for wagering on other sporting events.
“When I started to understand that I was more of an object to be discussed, it took out the personal element of when people say things,” Mickelson said. “People are going to say things good, they are going to say things bad. They are going to say things true, they are going to say things not true.”