If you’ve been paying the slightest bit of attention to the news in recent days, you’ve probably heard about the scandal that has engulfed celebrities who have apparently paid to have their children accepted to top universities. And in the middle of that scandal are some familiar names in golf.
The biggest star that has gotten the most attention in the scandal is Lori Loughlin, the actress that starred as Aunt Becky on the television series “Full House.” But what many may not have noticed is her husband is also caught up in these charges and he is a pretty familiar name around the world of golf. Her husband, of course, is GFore founder Mossimo Giannulli.
Giannulli is a fashion designer by trade but is the founder of the GFore golf apparel that is worn by several golfers around the world. There are even some PGA TOUR pros, such as Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson, that have worn GFore apparel in competition. According to the charges, Loughlin and Giannulli paid a total of $500,000 in order to have their daughters admitted to the University of Southern California.
Mossimo Giannulli and Byron Allen attend 6th Annual Kidstock Music And Arts Festival Sponsored By Hudson Jeans at Greystone Mansion on June 3, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images
Giannulli specifically participated in this bribery ring by taking pictures of his daughters on a rowing elliptical in an attempt to help them be designated as recruits for the USC’s crew team. Giannulli is now facing serious jail time for his actions but he’s far from the only golf name to be caught up in this scandal.
On top of Giannulli, the admissions bribery hit the collegiate and high school level when an administrator with the ING Acadamy golf program was indicted in the ring. Avid celebrity golfer Lynn Swann is also in hot water as he is the Athletic Director at USC and oversaw the coaches who were directly involved in the bribery.
Since this story broke, there has been more and more information coming out every day. This looks like a story that is far from over so hopefully, no other names in the golf world get brought into this scandal, especially at the youth level.
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