Phil Mickelson will play for the first time Thursday at the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit.
However, before his first stop at one of the new PGA Tour events, Mickelson is unhappy Detroit News for an article published on Tuesday about previously unreported gambling charges linking him to a former “mafia-affiliated” bookmaker in the Detroit area.
Although his lawyer told ESPN that everything in this story is inaccurate, they are angry that it was released now.
“He said nothing [in the story] it was not true; I’m not complaining about that, “said Glenn Cohen, Mickelson’s lawyer. told ESPN… “But why? Why are you going to embarrass Phil Mickelson when he’s ready to support your tournament, the charities he supports, and [PGA] Tour? Rocket Mortgage is a Detroit company. Phil has never played there before.
“I’m disappointed that they curiously chose this week to write an article about a bet made more than 20 years ago and the jury that took place in 2007, where the convicted guy is dead and where the only purpose for this article puts Phil Mickelson in awkward situation “.
Detroit bookmaker cheated Mickelson for $ 500,000
Detroit News received the trial transcripts of racketeering against organized crime leader Jack Jakalone in 2007. “Dandy” Don DeCeranno, described as “one of the biggest players in Detroit history,” testified at this trial.
Mickelson, who has done nothing wrong, appeared in court during the cross-examination of DeCeranno, who tried to “undermine the bookmaker’s credibility.”
Transcript, from Detroit News:
“You cheated — do you know Phil Mickelson, the golfer?” – Asked lawyer Jakalone Neil Fink.
“Phil Mickelson,” Fink said, “is a golfer.”
“Left-handed?” – said the lawyer, using the pseudonym of Mickelson.
“Did you cheat him $ 500,000?” Fink said.
“I wouldn’t say I cheated on him,” DeCeranno said.
“What would you call it?” Fink said. “What did you do?”
“I couldn’t pay him,” DeCeranno said.
“You booked his action, right?” Fink said.
“Yes,” DeCeranno said.
In short, Mickelson made a big bet on DeCeranno and never got paid. It is not clear what exactly the rate was.
Mickelson, an avid gambler, was not the subject of an investigation. As the federal attorney said Detroit News, “Betting is not a crime.”
“Phil and a bunch of his buddies were betting on sports at the time, and Phil was the one who bet,” Cohen said Tuesday: via Detroit News… “They knew this guy’s name and had no idea what his origin was.
“This guy didn’t pay him. Phil says it was a significant amount. He was never paid, that’s all. “
Mickelson, 51, scored his 45th PGA Tour career victory in May when he won the PGA Championship, making him the oldest golfer in history to win a major championship. This victory marked the first Tournament Hall of Fame victory in two years.
Cohen said there is “no earthly reason” for Mickelson to share the story while playing this week’s Rocket Mortgage Classic, where he is set to play Thursday morning alongside Hideki Matsuyama and Ricky Fowler.
“The bottom line is, Phil wasn’t paid,” Cohen said. via ESPN… “The guy who made the bet turned out to be a crook and Phil didn’t know it. But it does not matter. Was this guy the worst person in the world … what is the significance of this article now? There are no “.
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