February 12, 2009
Report: Golfer Jim Thorpe owes back taxes
Champions Tour golfer Jim Thorpe is accused of not paying nearly $1.6 million in taxes, the Tampa Tribune reported Thursday.
The report said the government claims Thorpe needs to pay back taxes over a three-year span covering 2002-04.
We look forward to having a trial, Thorpe's lawyer, Mark Horwitz, told the newspaper.
We don't think he's willfully violated the law. That's not to say he doesn't owe the tax, but we don't think he's guilty of a crime.
The government's complaint said Thorpe also earned money from several endorsements, received at least $1.7 million in gambling winnings, and failed to make estimated tax payments against his accountant's advice.