Tim Finchem, You must suspend Mickelson or resign!

This is just plain embarrassing.  Compare the treatment of Tiger Woods during his infidelity scandal to Phil Mickelson during his Dean Foods inside trading cum gambling addiction scandal.

Phil Mickelson paid a 2.75 million gambling debt to a money launderer (Gregory Silveira) in March 2010.  This payment of $931,000 to gambler Billy Walters was in July 2012.  We don’t know the full amount of payment, only that the 931K was some “part” of the payment.

The PGA Tour says association with gamblers leads to suspension.  This is a no-brainer.

If Phil Mickelson is not suspended, then Tim Finchem needs to step aside, effective immediately.

Both actions would be optimum.

By the way, it’s not Ole Lanny calling for this suspension.  Check out Sporting News’s take.  Read the entire thing, but here’s a sample:

Perhaps because it’s a lot easier to understand infidelity than securities regulations, perhaps because sex is even more compelling than money, perhaps because Tiger Woods has been a bigger star than Mickelson for as long as they’ve both been pro golfers, Woods became the target of far more virulent criticism over his actions in 2009.

Mickelson has been, to this point, treated rather amicably by the media. But his indiscretions here demonstrate perhaps even a greater disregard for propriety and could have had a far more deleterious impact on professional golf.

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2 Responses to Tim Finchem, You must suspend Mickelson or resign!

  1. Jaybird77 says:

    Gambling on one’s own sport is one thing, but gambling in general? It’s legal so why would someone be fined for generally gambling?

    Now, “gambling” based on “secret” information or a “secret tip” is much, much different.

    Given this scenariio, even if Phil wasn’t charged, I’d still be okay with fining/suspending him.

    • lannyh says:

      First off, sports gambling is NOT legal in the U.S. other than in Nevada through licensed gambling establishments. So Mickelson’s gambling was absolutely illegal.

      As for why, one of the links I posted had a great explanation. Paraphrasing, it can compromise the position of the player. Mickelson, due to huge gambling losses, was basically forced by Walters to commit financial fraud in this case. Think of a scenario where Mickelson is in over his head, Walters is threatening Mickelson’s family, and Mickelson has a four-stroke lead going into Sunday at the San Diego Open. Might now Walters say, “Phil, you understand you will be shooting 80 today, right?”

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