By Skip Charles
Famed sports bettor Billy Walters, who has been in prison since 2017, received one of the final pardons issued by President Trump, as did the brother of Chicago Bears Hall of Fame linebacker Brian Urlacher. Casey Urlacher faced federal charges of recruiting for a multi-million dollar illegal offshore gambling ring.
Walters, by contrast, was known to have placed massive wagers in Las Vegas. He also developed a relationship with golfer Phil Mickelson that coincided with his legal problems.
In 2017, Walters was found guilty of insider trading in a scheme that brought to light his ties to Mickelson, who at one time owed $2 million in gambling debts to Walters, according to published reports.