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Mickelson on insider trading rumors: 'I've done absolutely nothing wrong'

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Phil Mickelson continued to state he's done nothing wrong with the SEC or FBI. (USATSI)
Phil Mickelson continued to state he's 'done absolutely nothing wrong.' (USATSI)

PINEHURST, N.C. -- Fresh off an even-par round on Thursday at the 2014 U.S. Open, Phil Mickelson was asked about golf and, not surprisingly, the latest New York Times story on rumors of his involvement -- or lack thereof -- with insider trading.

Mickelson wasn't aware of the Times backpeddling on their initial claim, so when asked "what he could say" his answer remained similar to what he offered before the tournament.

"[I can't say] really anything. I just got off the golf course," Mickelson said. "But I'll continue to say, I haven't done anything wrong. And if there's -- I'm willing to help out, love to help out any way on the investigation. So like I said before, with an investigation going on, I'm not going to comment any further on it.

"But I'll continue to say that I've done absolutely nothing wrong."

That jives with the Times report; after the paper (among other publications) pinned Mickelson for insider trading last week, the Times walked back the report on Thursday, reporting Mickelson wasn't involved.

When told of that, Mickelson briefly thought about speaking specifically on the topic but stopped himself before pointing out "at the right time" he'll speak freely.

"I can't -- like I say, I really don't want to say much about it," Mickelson said. "I do have a lot to say and I will say it at the right time. I've got a lot to say, I just can't say it right now."

Assuming Phil is cleared of any (not-even-actually-alleged) issues, the "a lot" he has to say won't likely be directed in a friendly manner towards the publications who initially accused him.

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