President Obama Claims Derek Jeter Hustled Him at Golf

Derek Jeter

On Monday, Barack Obama complained that former Yankees captain Derek Jeter hustled him when they played golf together in November 2014.

Visiting the home of Las Vegas Sun owner Brian Greenspun for a fundraiser for the Nevada Democratic Party, Obama told the breathless crowd that he had been suckered by the Yankees superstar, according to Politico. He said of Greenspun, who had joined Obama and Jeter for the round, “He and Derek Jeter stole money from me at Shadow Creek. It was clearly a set up, because when we got to the practice range, he was shanking balls everywhere. I said, ‘You play golf Derek?’ And he said, ‘I just started two weeks ago.’”

Obama alleged that he and Greenspun gave 30 strokes, then realized they had been suckered on the very first hole. He joked, “We had to take a picture of me handing Derek Jeter money at the end of the game. Despite that, Brian is a great friend.”

The guests, who paid up to $33,400 apiece to bask in the light of Obama’s reflections, may have figured out that once Obama heads in any direction, he refuses to acknowledge he’s made a mistake. His apparent golfing ineptitude continues despite the nearly 250 rounds and 1,100 hours of golf he has played since his inaugural in 2009.

Jeter may have been looking to salvage some of the exorbitant taxes he has paid since Obama’s inaugural. He has earned $103.9 million in salary since that time. With his salary in the 40% tax bracket, that would leave him paying roughly $40 million.