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Phil Mickelson denies pulling strings to free Billy Walters

ESPN reports that Mickelson says he had no role in clemency given to the sports gambler, who was convicted of insider trading

Denied: By Phil Mickelson, that he had played any role in the clemency extended to infamous sports gambler Billy Walters by outgoing President Donald Trump, according to a report by ESPN’s Bob Harig. Mickelson’s attorney, Glenn Cohen, told ESPN that “Phil had nothing to do with this,” adding that the PGA Tour's five-time major champion had neither called nor written with support for Walters, who was sentenced to five years for his role in an insider-trading scandal (“Billy Walters wins presidential clemency,” Jan. 21). Walters had been convicted after his role in the use of non-public information for the sale of Dean Foods Co. stock. Mickelson, who reportedly owed $2 million in gambling debt to Walters, was questioned by investigators regarding his involvement with Walters but ultimately was cleared of any criminal wrongdoing. However, Mickelson paid back nearly $1 million plus interest from ill-gotten gains from sale of the stock and was classified as a relief defendant. Walters was one of 144 criminals who received clemency from Trump in the final hours of the president’s term.

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