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Phil Mickelson opens up about his gambling addiction: What did ‘Lefty’ say about his recovery?

Designed to coincide with the start of the NFL season, Phil Mickelson has released a lengthy statement about his gambling troubles.

Designed to coincide with the start of the NFL season, Phil Mickelson has released a lengthy statement about his gambling troubles.

It is no secret that golfing legend Phil Mickelson has a troubled history with gambling. Just over a year ago, the LIV golfer was outspoken on his rocky past and “reckless” gambling, leading many to wonder if that played a part in his decision to follow the money, so to speak, by jumping ship to LIV Golf.

Now, Lefty has opened up further, issuing a lengthy statement about his past troubles with the timing designed to coincide with the new NFL season.

His statement in full reads:

Most of you will enjoy this football season with moderation while having lots of fun and entertainment. The fantasy leagues will provide banter amongst friends and money won or lost betting won’t affect you. I wont be betting this year because I crossed the line of moderation and into addiction which isn’t any fun at all. The money wasn’t ever the issue since our financial security has never been threatened, but I was so distracted I wasn’t able to be present with the ones I love and caused a lot of harm. This lack of presence has been so hurtful. “You’re here but you’re not with us,” is something I’ve been told often throughout my addiction. It affected those I care about in ways I wasn’t aware or could fully understand. It’s like a hurricane is going on outside and I’m isolated in a shelter oblivious to what was happening. When I came out there was so much damage to clean up that I just wanted to go back inside and not deal with it.

If you ever cross the line of moderation and enter into addiction, hopefully you won’t confuse your enablers as friends like I did. Hopefully you won’t have to deal with these difficult moments publicly so others can profit off you like I have. But hopefully you WILL have a strong and supportive partner who is willing to help you through being your worst self, and through your worst moments like I have in Amy. She has loved me and supported me through my darkest and most difficult times. I couldn’t have gotten through this without her. I’m so grateful for her strength in helping us get through the many challenges I’ve created for us. Because of her love,support,and commitment, I’m back on track to being the person I want to be.

After many years of receiving professional help, not gambling, and being in recovery from my addictions, I’m now able to sit still, be present in the moment and live each day with an inner calm and peace. I still have a lot of cleaning up to do with those I love the most but I’m doing it slowly and as best I can.

This football season and beyond, enjoy yourself with moderation so it doesn’t detract from your ability to be present. In my experience, the moments with the ones you love will be far more remembered than any bet you win or fantasy league triumph.

Perhaps as this season gets going, many who bet on the NFL, and it is indeed the most heavily-wagered of American sports, will keep Mickelson’s words in mind.