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Sports Illustrated bombshell
si.com | John K.

Posted on 04/05/2005 12:40:04 PM PDT by jsk10

I have on good word that SI will be doing an explosive story this week about Phil Mickelson. I don't want to get into rumor mongering so I'll let the story itself come out. But any fans here that would quit being fans if it comes out that he's not America's Golden Boy that his image portends? I've been a fan for a long time, and I don't know how the details will affect his reception.


TOPICS: Society; Sports
KEYWORDS: billbennettdisease; gambling; golf; kid; mickelson; phil

1 posted on 04/05/2005 12:40:05 PM PDT by jsk10
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To: jsk10
Why? Is he a steroid user, too? ;)
2 posted on 04/05/2005 12:40:48 PM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ("Violence never settles anything." Genghis Khan, 1162-1227)
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To: jsk10
Is he an America hating, liberal, scum sucking, Kerry voter?

Now that would make me hate him.

3 posted on 04/05/2005 12:44:05 PM PDT by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (People too weak to follow their own dreams, will always find a way to discourage yours.)
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To: jsk10

Seems other golfers ie Tiger are jealous of his success and have the long knives out for him. Watch your back, Mickelson.


4 posted on 04/05/2005 12:48:20 PM PDT by GOBUSHCHENEYGO
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To: jsk10

Phil? Mr Squeaky-Clean Mormom boy with the beautiful wife Amy? Who has already won three times on tour this year. Is he hiding some John Daly-esque inclinations? Hard to believe there is some deep, dark secret that is going to emerge on the eve of the Master's.


5 posted on 04/05/2005 12:56:29 PM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: jsk10

He must have done something really, really scandalous like express an opinion against gay marriage.


6 posted on 04/05/2005 12:57:32 PM PDT by dirtboy (Drooling moron since 1998...)
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To: jsk10

What a tease. Come on tell us. It will be our little secret and the rest of the WWW.


7 posted on 04/05/2005 12:58:30 PM PDT by CollegeRepublican (South Park, Simpson's loving Republican here!!)
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To: GOBUSHCHENEYGO
Seems other golfers ie Tiger are jealous of his success

With Tiger's astronomical success, and his own drop-dead gorgeous wife, why would he be jealous of anyone? In the golf world, there's Tiger and then there's everyone else.

8 posted on 04/05/2005 12:58:36 PM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: jsk10
I have on good word that SI will be doing an explosive story this week about Phil Mickelson. I don't want to get into rumor mongering...

Then why did you?

9 posted on 04/05/2005 12:59:48 PM PDT by xJones
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To: dirtboy
He must have done something really, really scandalous like express an opinion against gay marriage.

Or he will announce that he is the correspondent in Annika Sorenstamm's divorce.... or he said that 50% of LPGA players are lesbians.....

10 posted on 04/05/2005 1:00:46 PM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: jsk10

Is Phil going to be signing autographs with John Daly at Hooters this week?


11 posted on 04/05/2005 1:01:44 PM PDT by gopwinsin04
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To: jsk10
Got an idea. Why don't you post what the article contends, and let the hundreds of thousands of FReepers all over the world look into it so we can determine whether it's true or false.

That's part of what this places is for.

Or didn't you get the memo?

12 posted on 04/05/2005 1:10:14 PM PDT by JennysCool (Support bacteria - they're the only culture some people have.)
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To: jsk10
I heard that he moves his balls when no one is looking.
13 posted on 04/05/2005 1:10:18 PM PDT by TBall
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To: jsk10
weird, a local guy on the radio show I listen to said the same thing the other day.

Dean Blevins, is that you?

14 posted on 04/05/2005 1:23:21 PM PDT by CharlieOK1 (See http://www.alisrael.com/tamuz/ for what should happen to Iran)
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To: JennysCool; All

As of right now, there is no article or memo. It is from a source that works for SI. In fact, there is some debate as to whether there will be one tommorrow now, as one source within Sports Illustrated is now denying that any story will come out (though they won't deny the story itself). I've gotten a few emails from fellow Freepers who have heard the same things I have, so the story is definitely out there. I am a fan, and having met him a time or two, would hope that it's not true or at the least, not that damaging to him.


15 posted on 04/05/2005 1:33:39 PM PDT by jsk10
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To: jsk10
I am a fan, and having met him a time or two, would hope that it's not true or at the least, not that damaging to him.

If you're a fan, then God save him from his enemies.

16 posted on 04/05/2005 1:40:18 PM PDT by xJones
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To: xJones

Better me get this out there than the posts that will follow slamming him.


17 posted on 04/05/2005 1:41:56 PM PDT by jsk10
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To: jsk10

SI is the sports' equivalent of Newsweek.


18 posted on 04/05/2005 1:42:11 PM PDT by ServesURight
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To: jsk10

I take it back, I am a fan - but the caveat is, if everything comes to fruition, he will be seen differently by almost everyone, including me.


19 posted on 04/05/2005 1:43:21 PM PDT by jsk10
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To: jsk10
Better me get this out there than the posts that will follow slamming him.

Get over yourself, you've already slammed him by vague innuedo.

20 posted on 04/05/2005 1:47:09 PM PDT by xJones
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To: jsk10

Quit being a puss....


21 posted on 04/05/2005 2:11:06 PM PDT by freebilly (Go SC Basketball!)
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To: jsk10

Would be interesting to see what sort of dirt they wish to dish on Phil. I've met him more than once and he's a straight up good guy, loves his wife and kids.

My 2 cents...


22 posted on 04/05/2005 2:13:43 PM PDT by Barney59 (Now there's a man with an open mind - you can feel the breeze from here!)
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To: jsk10

Look, either post the details of the rumor or piss off. This "I gotta secret" stuff is so 4th grade...


23 posted on 04/05/2005 2:17:08 PM PDT by Petronski (I thank God Almighty for a most remarkable blessing: John Paul the Great.)
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To: jsk10; Mr. Jeeves; Jersey Republican Biker Chick; Rummyfan; CollegeRepublican; dirtboy
Here is the rumor (per an ESPN forum). IT IS STILL JUST A RUMOR:

As a former golf pro, I have reliable sources both on the tour and in the media that are confirming a disturbing story set to be released on Phil Mickelson. It involves gambling debts in excess of $10 million dollars and that is why he left titleist for callaway. Callaway allegedly assumed a large portion of his debt as part of a contract settlement, much like they did in the case of John Daly a few years ago. It is a very well-known fact that he has had gambling issues in the past and it appears that it finally caught up with him. Souces feel that the story will break in the weeks leading up to the Masters, perfect timing for a title defense huh? Anyway, the story and rumors are true and everyone will know soon enough. I wish Phil the best and hopefully he will get things straightened out.

IT IS STILL JUST A RUMOR.

24 posted on 04/05/2005 2:22:05 PM PDT by Petronski (I thank God Almighty for a most remarkable blessing: John Paul the Great.)
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To: Barney59; All

the more I talk to people about this (big office discussion here now), and read other boards discussing it; the more I hope I'm wrong (that my friend at SI is severely misinformed.) If the story doesn't break tommorrow as they said it might, I promise not to talk of it again until someone else does here.


25 posted on 04/05/2005 2:23:27 PM PDT by jsk10
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To: xJones

totally.


26 posted on 04/05/2005 2:25:04 PM PDT by beebuster2000
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To: Petronski

He's a gambler with big debts? Not to make light of it, but that's like the average Joe Schmoe owing $50,000. in gambling debts.....


27 posted on 04/05/2005 2:49:01 PM PDT by freebilly (Go SC Basketball!)
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To: freebilly

Yes. I agree. As long as he's not betting on his own golf.


28 posted on 04/05/2005 2:50:11 PM PDT by Petronski (I thank God Almighty for a most remarkable blessing: John Paul the Great.)
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To: Petronski
As long as he's not betting on his own golf.

He's been betting on Daly.... ;^)

29 posted on 04/05/2005 3:08:15 PM PDT by freebilly (Go SC Basketball!)
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To: Petronski

Thanks for posting the "rumor." I hate playing the "I have a secret game."


30 posted on 04/05/2005 3:13:55 PM PDT by dc27
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To: jsk10

What? Is he gay or something like that that shouldn't even matter?


31 posted on 04/05/2005 3:24:15 PM PDT by StoneColdGOP ("What does Marsellus Wallace look like?")
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To: Petronski
"As long as he's not betting on his own golf."

If he bets on himself and wins, is that *really* a problem?! As if he'd go out and purposefully Lose otherwise?!

Golf isn't like a two team or two person game; one person doesn't control the outcome. If Tom Willis bets *against* himself in the Tour de France, would anybody care?! Heck, the only interesting thing about some nobody betting against himself in some sport like cycling or golfing would be HOW and WHO he managed to find a way to do it (not to call Mickelson a nobody).

32 posted on 04/05/2005 3:30:51 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Southack
If he bets on himself and wins, is that *really* a problem?!

No. I stand corrected.

33 posted on 04/05/2005 3:39:50 PM PDT by Petronski (I thank God Almighty for a most remarkable blessing: John Paul the Great.)
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To: jsk10

If he is a gambler it won't change my opinion of him. Playing golf for a living is gambling. Big deal.


34 posted on 04/05/2005 3:46:33 PM PDT by KSCITYBOY
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To: Rummyfan

That used to be true, anyway. He just has not been doing as well the past couple of years. I continue, however, to be a big Tiger fan.


35 posted on 04/05/2005 5:04:13 PM PDT by arjay (If the NYT is against it, it must be good for America.)
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To: Petronski

Sheesh! That's all?

Certainly won't have any impact on us Nevada Phil fans! Might even raise him up a notch.

Of course, gambling only became a bad, nasty thing to the MSM when they found out Bill Bennett did it.

Losers.


36 posted on 04/05/2005 5:13:20 PM PDT by JennysCool (Support bacteria - they're the only culture some people have.)
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To: JennysCool

Agreed. There's no there there.


37 posted on 04/05/2005 5:15:00 PM PDT by Petronski (I thank God Almighty for a most remarkable blessing: John Paul the Great.)
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To: Mr. Jeeves
Phil Mickelson is posing for the next SI Swimsuit Issue?


38 posted on 04/05/2005 5:23:37 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Did I guess it?)
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To: Petronski

Dang, I had to read this far to find out the "secret" is gambling? Big deal. If I was his wife, I'd care. Since I'm not ... (snore ...)


39 posted on 04/05/2005 6:13:55 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Do not fear the words of a sinner, for his splendor will turn into dung and worms.)
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This sounds like some sort of advertising ploy...a 'viral' ad...


40 posted on 04/05/2005 6:17:42 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (events of late have me at a loss for a tagline...)
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To: jsk10
His obvious A-cup breast implants are a precursor to a sex-change operation?
41 posted on 04/05/2005 6:19:14 PM PDT by socal_parrot (Made you look)
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To: gopwinsin04
Is Phil going to be signing autographs with John Daly at Hooters this week?

I'll go.

By the way, who are Phil Mickelson and John Daly?

42 posted on 04/05/2005 6:24:24 PM PDT by Phsstpok ("When you don't know where you are, but you don't care, you're not lost, you're exploring.")
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To: Rummyfan

I was at the same craps table as "Mr Squeaky-Clean Mormom boy" in Las Vegas in 1997 and I never knew two people, he and his wife, could put out so many stacks of blacks on so many places on a crap table and keep such good track of it. They made several thousand while my wife was on a streak rolling the dice. To this day she yells for him to miss a putt because they never even acknowledged her great roll.


43 posted on 04/05/2005 6:35:45 PM PDT by DaGman
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To: xJones

About two months late...this story has been rumored
for the last two months. It ain't like he's got any
inside skinny.


44 posted on 04/05/2005 8:07:31 PM PDT by dwilli
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To: Petronski
Thnx.


45 posted on 04/05/2005 8:56:25 PM PDT by Kryptonite
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To: dwilli

I've heard this too. I remember a rumor floating around that he dropped out of the Las Vegas tourney in '04 after making the Friday cut because he was up all night playing blackjack and was down several million for the night.


46 posted on 04/06/2005 3:50:07 PM PDT by The Headhunter
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To: jsk10
I don't want to get into rumor mongering so I'll let the story itself come out.

Come back when you have something to say.

47 posted on 04/10/2005 8:33:17 PM PDT by Rudder
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To: Rudder

I heard this same rumor over from an "insider" very recently. I have no idea if the rumors/allegations are true, but I do know that at least two major publications are investigating the following:

- Mickelson has a 2 year-old child out of wedlock with a black woman, possibly in Ohio.

- Callaway assumed some portion of Mickelson's sizable gambling debts to assorted Vegas casinos (this has been rumored for awhile).


I don't know why these publications are sitting on the story, but I believe they haven't published yet because they are still confirming/researching - not because of scruples or some ethical dilemma.


48 posted on 04/18/2005 12:13:30 PM PDT by mayday_malone
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To: mayday_malone

The rumor on this is that Ford played hardball with SI and said they would pull advertising if SI ran the story.

If you subscribe to SI, the recent flimsiness of the issues tells me that every sponsor is needed.


49 posted on 10/02/2005 4:55:49 PM PDT by Carling (http://www.marriedadults.com/howarddeanscreamaudio141jq.mp3)
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