Stealing from the president feels like a thing that should be a crime, but when you're Derek Jeter, receiving a pardon is a laughing matter to President Barack Obama.
"Derek Jeter stole money from me," said Obama to laughter at a fundraising event for the Nevada Democratic Party on Monday night. “And it was clearly a set-up.”
Last November, Obama played a round of golf with Jeter and Las Vegas Sun newspaper owner Brian Greenspun at Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas. Greenspun hosted Monday night's event for the Democrats, but back in November, he was on Jeter's side of the golf green.
"I knew Derek, but I hadn’t played golf with him before, and as we got up to the practice range, he was shanking balls everywhere," said Obama.
"And I said, well, do you play golf, Derek? He said, 'I just started two weeks ago.'"
Sure, Derek. In March, Jeter hosted a celebrity golf tournament in Las Vegas, beating out the likes of Michael Jordan, Russell Wilson and Ray Allen to finish second at his own tournament. Clearly, November 2014 wasn't his first time on the green.
Obama, not realizing that this was, in every way, a classic hustler's setup, went ahead and gave Jeter a 30-stroke handicap and a cash bet on the final score. Failure -- and a lighter wallet -- instantly became an inevitability.
"And then on the first tee suddenly the ball just went straight and down the middle of the fairway," continued Obama, according to a transcript of his remarks provided by the White House. "We had to take a picture of me handing Derek Jeter money at the end of it."
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