Phil Mickelson and Rick Pitino Star In Today's Episode Of As The Sports World Turns
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Now that soap operas with salacious storylines like "The Guiding Light" are finally going off the air, a void exists that needs to be filled. I usually steer clear of rumor and innuendo, but this morning I'm going to wade into the shallow end of the speculation pool. Just call me the Matt Drudge of the sports world. Here goes...
Word has started to leak out on the internet about a child fathered out of wedlock by San Diego native Phil Mickelson. Reportedly, Lefty has generously supported the child since birth and this is a well known fact on the tour. It is so well known that a guy who is in business with a number of PGA tour players told me about it at a poker game several years ago.
Now a story has surfaced about Mickelson's wife, Amy, also having an affair. According to this report, the man she allegedly had an encounter and/or relationship with may have been none other than perhaps the greatest basketball player who ever lived. I have no idea if this is actually true, but apparently details are expected to materialize in the near future.
Not to be outdone, Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino is working with the FBI down in Kentucky on an apparent extortion case involving the ex-wife of the team's equipment manager. Details of the case have been very scarce. However, when the dust settles, don't be surprised to find out that it's Pitino's equipment that was being managed (if you catch my drift).
Evidently, there have been rumors in the South about Pitino's sexuality for quite some time. I don't have any knowledge that these rumors are related to the FBI investigation, but I do know that Louisville assistant coach Richard Pitino (Rick's 26-year old son) recently left the program to accept a job at the University of Florida. This could be a matter of a kid wanting to get out from under his father's shadow, but I smell a scandal coming in the Bluegrass State.
I don't know anybody in the FBI or have any sources in Kentucky to confirm what is fact and fiction in the Pitino imbroglio. However, a regular reader of Shawn Kemp's Kids lives a stone's throw from Lefty's new abode here in America's Finest City and he has promised to do a little digging for me. If I find anything else out I'll be sure to pass it on...