Caught in the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time
Phil Mickelson, golfer extraordinaire, is the kind of guy who anyone would look at and say, “Gee, this is a really great guy! Seems perfectly honest too!” And we know a lot about him too. A few years ago, both Mickelson’s wife and mother were diagnosed with breast cancer, literally within weeks of each other. To add to the misfortune, Mickelson was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis, a particular painful type of the disease, as well. So he’s endeared himself to Americans as a guy to works hard and obviously has gotten himself through adversity time and time again.
Sadly, no matter how good a person may seem, you can never know who someone really is. The FBI announced the launch of a probe into suspected insider trading, involving big names like Carl Icahn and yes, Phil Mickelson. The normal guy turned golf hero is now being investigated in potential connection to a federal crime.
Why has this happened? Could Phil really have deceived us all into thinking he’s an innocent All-American guy when he’s really an evil and greedy crook? Probably not. Insider trading is usually something that can be subjective and can only takes a simple conversation with a corrupt investor to become involved. The reason why Phil is being investigated is because he’s one of those “big name guys” who stands out on a sheet of possible suspects and whose name stands out in a headline.
According to ESPN, this is a three-year-long investigation now coming to a head as a result of Icahn’s $10.2 billion offer for Clorox and Mickelson’s prior investing in the stock. After Icahn’s original offer, the company’s jumped, resulting in the suspicion of insider trading. Mickelson today came out with a statement that said he’s done nothing wrong and that he’s cooperating with the investigation. He also reminded everyone that, for legal reasons, he can’t add to those comments. And according to the New York Times, Mickelson isn’t actually being accused of anything, but that doesn’t take him out of the probe.
Simply being linked to this investigation condemns Mickelson to constant TV references from commentators about his implication. In fact, even if his name is cleared, it’s very possible that the incident will be referred to in years to come. Hopefully, this will be resolved quickly and he can go back to being a guy who makes a living—winning it.