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.