OXFORD, Miss. -- John Daly faces more turmoil off the
course, although this time it's not his own.
His wife and two others are charged in a federal indictment
alleging they were involved in a drug ring and an illegal gambling
Sherrie Miller Daly, who married the two-time major champion in
2001, appeared in court Monday in Oxford along with her father,
Alvis Miller, 60; and Billie Miller, 57, whose relationship to the
others wasn't clear.
Daly, who recently gave birth to the couple's first child, faces
up to 20 years in prison on each of the two counts in the
Prosecutors said the golfer didn't know about his wife's alleged
drug activities, which took place between 1996 and 2002.
John Daly's agent, Bud Martin, declined comment Tuesday. He said
Daly was expected to play next week in the PGA Championship, which
he won in 1991.
The July 28 indictment alleges the three were part of a larger
conspiracy to buy and sell cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana,
and paid for them with cash from previous drug sales. It lists 47
bank deposits just under $10,000 -- the limit for reporting federal
cash transactions -- between 1998 and 2001.
Alvis Miller was charged with nine counts, while Billie Miller
faces two counts. All three listed the same home address in
Collierville, Tenn.; calls there went unanswered Tuesday.
It was the latest setback for John Daly, whose career took off
when he won the PGA Championship at Crooked Stick with his booming
drives and grip-it-and-rip-it style.
He has been through alcohol rehabilitation twice, the second
time after trashing his hotel room following a drinking binge at
The Players Championship in 1997. He last won a tournament at the
2001 BMW International Open in Germany, his first victory in six
Sherrie Daly is his fourth wife. They met during the St. Jude
Classic in Memphis, Tenn., in 2001 and married seven weeks later.