Phil Mickelson shares advice in lengthy statement about his gambling addiction
Phil Mickelson has been open about his gambling addiction in the past, and the six-time major champion went into even more detail about it in a lengthy social media post on Monday.
Mickelson opened up on X about the way his gambling addiction has impacted his relationships with those close to him. The 53-year-old said his family’s “financial security has never been threatened” but that the betting became an issue because he was “so distracted I wasn’t able to be present with the ones I love and caused a lot of harm.”
Mickelson also claimed he will not be gambling at all his NFL season.
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…
— Phil Mickelson (@PhilMickelson) September 18, 2023
The full post is transcribed below:
“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.”
Mickelson said he has been receiving professional help for his gambling addiction for years. He said something similar after a recent book that was published by famous sports bettor Billy Walters made an insane claim about how much Mickelson has wagered over the years.
Walters also made a claim about Mickelson trying to bet on a Ryder Cup that Phil was playing in. Rory McIlroy recently zinged Mickelson over that allegation.