Mickelson apologizes to anyone he may have 'upset or insulted'

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Phil Mickelson apologized for comments involving money and taxes that he made on Sunday in a statement to Fox News late Monday night.

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 | 8:42 a.m.

As a follow up to the story we brought you Monday morning about Phil Mickelson being prepared to make "drastic changes" in his life because of the federal and state taxes he is paying, the star golfer -- in a statement to Fox News late Monday -- apologized to anyone he may have, "upset or insulted," with his comments.

Mickelson made his comments to the media on Sunday following the final round of the Humana Challenge. He said his high tax bracket was causing him to consider drastic changes in his life, possibly moving his family out of state and even retiring from golf.

Here's what Mickelson said in the statement:

"Finances and taxes are a personal matter and I should not have made my opinions on them public," Mickelson said.
"I certainly don't have a definitive plan at this time, but like everyone else I want to make decisions that are best for my future and my family."

Sunday certainly wasn't the first time that Mickelson has gone off on an unexpected rant.

Golf Digest Web Editor Sam Weinman took an entertaining look at a number of Mickelson's unexpected rants over the years, including but not limited to Oakmont's "dangerous" rough and, as Weinman writes, "objects to a loophole by exploiting loophole."

It's a fun read and you should check it out here.

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If you like history, this sounds a lot like Ronald Reagan when he was Phil's age as stated my the Late great former President.


I do not see the problem. There is a Constitutionally guaranteed right to free speech, specifically political speech.

Making a statement about high taxes that are forcing himto consider giving up golf and/or moving out of California are statements protected by that right and he should not apologize for them; no one should.

We all need to be involved in the political process and express our dissatisfaction with laws that hamper our lives; that was the legacy the Founding Fathers left us; we should not be ashamed of that legacy, nor apologize for it.