Phil Mickelson Takes Grief For Liking Response To Tweet From Clay Travis

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Phil Mickelson returned to Twitter, and is often the case, playing around on Twitter came with some overreactions and angry mob attacks.

Especially if you “like” a Tweet from OutKick founder Clay Travis.

But that’s precisely what Mickelson did, and it predictably resulted in an endless amount of flak. Mickelson returned to the platform during a time that features some heated debate over a new Saudi-sponsored golf league. So the response received wasn’t exactly a surprise.

This marked a return to Twitter after Mickelson made some comments on the LIV Golf Invitational series. Those comments were deemed controversial, and Mickelson immediately decided to take some time away.

He first liked a tweet that responded to Travis, who called out those who are blasting the Saudi golf league, yet remain silent on the NBA’s decision to hold preseason games in United Arab Emirates.

“The NBA, which pulled its All Star Game out of Charlotte over a transgender bathroom bill, is playing games next year in the United Arab Emirates where homosexuality is punishable by death,” Travis wrote.

The response that Mickelson liked read, “Yet @PhilMickelson gets canceled…WTF.”

Mickelson also liked a tweet that read, “PGA Tour block rebels including Phil Mickelson and Lee Westwood from Saudi breakaway series #YahooSports #GOLF #P…,” from offthebooks.crypto.

Later, Mickelson unliked both tweets.

As relayed, “The likes and dislikes were Mickelson’s first known public activity since Feb. 22, when he put out a statement in response to comments he made for a forthcoming biography on him by Alan Shipnuck.”

This is nothing new on Twitter, of course. Every like, follow or response is noted, freaked out over, and often used as an opportunity to cancel somebody new.

Translation: Mickelson probably did the right thing by staying away in the first place.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side,


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  1. I think it’s hilarious these corporate sponsored golfers tow the PGA Tour line so fervently. There is nothing that Phil said that the media has not said already about the Saudis. Go back and look. The PGA Tour has driven this outrage. The Tour could care less about playing in the UAE or Saudi Arabia if they’re controlling the event. What the Tour is pissed about is that he wants to use this other golf tour as leverage to change the monopoly the PGA Tour has today. Based on how the Tour has handled it, I’d say Mickelson was spot on.

    And you should listen to Twitter as much as you should take advice from Joy Reid, Al Sharpton or Jen Psaki…..which is never.

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