Report: John Daly defends charity lawsuit
Hefty professional golfer John Daly defended Monday his
decision to seek $100 million from a children’s charity,
among other defendants, for a 2007 injury at a Florida charity
tournament, the Palm Beach Post reported.
The 44-year old golfer, whose money troubles are such that he
often tweets about signing merchandise for cash in rural
Mississippi, filed the suit two years ago after a woman jumped in
front of him mid-swing at the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens,
the report said. He required “injection surgery” to
stop his ribs from “popping out” during golf swings,
according to the lawsuit.
“Every effort was made not to bring in the charity,”
William DiPetrillo, Daly’s Fort Lauderdale attorney, told the
paper, referring to the Children’s Healthcare Charity.
But the insurance carrier for the PGA National Resort, where the
tournament was held, insisted the suit target the charity, along
with the PGA tour, DiPetrillo said.
The three defendants proposed an “insulting”
settlement of $25,000, the lawyer said, adding that Daly might be
willing to settle for as little as $25 million.
“[Daly] suffered bodily injury and resulting pain and
suffering, disability, disfigurement, mental anguish, loss of
capacity for the enjoyment of life, medical treatment, loss of
earnings [and] loss of ability to earn money,” the lawsuit
“Even if he is no longer a top star on the tour, John
still makes a lot of money,” DiPetrillo noted.
The golfer blames the injury for his absence at several