Phil Mickelson approached by FBI about insider trading

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

Dublin, OH, United States (4E Sports) – FBI agents approached Phil Mickelson after his opening round at the Memorial tournament Thursday in Dublin, Ohio to discuss about insider-trading, according to a Wall Street Journal.

The five-time major winner told the agents to speak to his attorney.

His lawyer, Glenn Cohen, said an FBI agent has told him that Mickelson is not a target of the investigation.

“I have done absolutely nothing wrong,” Mickelson said in a statement. “I have cooperated with the government in this investigation and will continue to do so.”

The WSJ reported that Mickelson is one of three men being investigated in what it calls “a major insider-trading probe involving finance, gambling and sports.”

The others are Carl Icahn, a 78-year-old billionaire who runs Icahn Enterprises, and William “Billy” Walters, a famed Las Vegas bettor and real-estate mogul.

The FBI and the Securities and Exchange Commission are reportedly looking into whether Mickelson and Walters traded nonpublic information they allegedly received from Icahn about his investments in public companies.

Both the FBI and SEC are reviewing the trading patterns of both Mickelson and Walters as part of an investigation that began three years ago when Icahn made a $10.2 billion offer for Clorox, causing the stock to jump, the report said.

None of the three has been accused of any wrongdoing, and no charges have been filed.

Icahn denied knowledge of the probe.

Mickelson shot 72-70 in the opening two rounds of the Memorial and is tied for 37th.

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