Robert Allenby says police still investigating Hawaii kidnap claim
Golfer Robert Allenby says police are continuing to investigate his claim that he was kidnapped, robbed, beaten and dumped in a park in Hawaii.
The Australian reported that he had been abducted from a wine bar on 17 January after missing the cut at the Sony Open in Honolulu the previous day.
Allenby, 43, says he cannot remember a two-and-a-half-hour period from the night when he suffered facial injuries.
But he said: "There has definitely been a lot of confusion. But I think the No. 1 thing that you should all remember is that my story stays exactly the same as the way I told it. I told you what I knew, and I told you what someone told me. That's the bottom line. I never lied to anyone."
note he calls it his "story" and does not say "I told the truth" but refers to it not changing. The word "never" is not a substitute for "did not."
Allenby has said that a homeless woman spotted him being dumped from a car several miles away from his alleged abduction.
However, US press reports later claimed the woman had given conflicting details, saying she found Allenby just one block away from the bar he had been drinking in.
"From about 23:06 to about 01:27, I have no memory in my brain. I have nothing.
"I can't tell you how frustrating that is because we all want to know the truth, we all want to get to the bottom of it.
"But there's no way in the world what I drank could do what was done to me, not a chance in the world."
The press reported that he denied being drunk. He does not say that, however.
"Mentally, I'm preparing myself for probably one of the toughest weeks of my life," Allenby said. "It hasn't been an easy week last week, and it wasn't an easy decision to come to this tournament. But I thought that I need to get my life back on track. I'm a professional golfer. And why should I let controversy put me out of the game that I love?"
Note it is not a kidnapping nor assault that he does not allow to keep him out of the game he loves, it is "controversy" he addresses.
Alcohol blackouts are often not recoverable, whereas some drug blackouts seem to be.
He was involved in something, but his own account was contradicted by eye witnesses who reported seeing him while he was alleged to have been in the back of a car. Some confrontation is obvious from the marks on his face.
Did he get involved with some unsavory characters? Robbery + exxageration is possible.