Phil Mickelson shares gambling addiction story to warn bettors during football season: 'I was so distracted'

Football season is in full swing, and LIV Golf star Phil Mickelson wants to make sure all fans are responsibly enjoying this time of year.
For many fans, wagering on football, whether it’s through sportsbooks or fantasy leagues, is very common.
Mickelson is a recovering gambling addict, and he shared a long, impactful post on X, formerly Twitter, urging bettors to be smart this football season.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM"Most of you will enjoy this football season with moderation while having lots of fun and entertainment," Mickelson began.
"The fantasy leagues will provide banter amongst friends and money won or lost betting won’t affect you.
I [won't] be betting this year because I crossed the line of moderation and into addiction which isn’t any fun at all.
‘You’re here but you’re not with us,’ is something I’ve been told often throughout my addiction," he continued.
"If you ever cross the line of moderation and enter into addiction, hopefully you won’t confuse your enablers as friends like I did.
Hopefully you won’t have to deal with these difficult moments publicly so others can profit off you like I have," Mickelson wrote.
"This football season and beyond, enjoy yourself with moderation so it doesn’t detract from your ability to be present.
Mickelson denied that claim in Walters’ book, saying, "I would never undermine the integrity of the game."
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPIf you or somebody you know has a gambling problem, call 1-800-GAMBLER, which is the National Problem Gambling Helpline Network.