Former Sports Illustrated and ESPN sportswriter Rick Reilly’s new book, Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump, hit bookstores on Tuesday. In the book, Reilly cites interviews with dozens of people who have played golf with the president and accuse the commander-in-chief of being a cheat.
What’s more, the sports scribe also chose the release date to double-down on his charge by issuing a challenge to the president: 18 holes of golf, $100,000, and no “cheating caddies.”
Hey @realDonaldTrump… I told this AP reporter I'd take you on for 18 holes for $100k… As long as we both had rules officials with us and you don't get to use one of your cheating caddies… You game? https://t.co/rwWSLCvnq6
— Rick Reilly (@ReillyRick) April 2, 2019
“Reilly tells the Associated Press if he were to win, he’d donate the money to a charity of Trump’s choice,” USA Today reports.
“To say ‘Donald Trump cheats’ is like saying ‘Michael Phelps swims,’” Reilly explains in the book. “He cheats at the highest level. He cheats when people are watching and he cheats when they aren’t. He cheats whether you like it or not. He cheats because that’s how he plays golf … if you’re playing golf with him, he’s going to cheat.”
Reilly also takes shots at the commander-in-chief for his shunning of golf etiquette. Specifically, Trump’s apparent habit of not removing his hat during handshakes after rounds. In addition to not taking his hat off in the clubhouse.
Reilly’s best explanation for these, and other alleged failings?: “Golf, is like bicycle shorts. It reveals a lot about a man.”
The president has not responded to Reilly’s challenge.
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