Jan 27, 2015 5:56 PM by News Staff
Australian professional golfer Robert Allenby faced the media Tuesday in Arizona and stood by his claim that he was kidnapped and robbed in Hawaii, despite witness accounts indicating that he made the story up.
Allenby, who is in Arizona preparing for a tournament, says that just over a week ago he was kidnapped, robbed and beaten after a dinner with friends in Hawaii.
However, witnesses have come forward and painted a different picture, according to the GolfChannel.com Allenby was found passed out near a wine bar by a group of homeless men. At a different point in the night Allenby was reportedly seen at a strip, where he and friends reportedly ran up a $3,400 tab.
The homeless men who found Allenby say his facial injuries were the result of him falling and busting his face on a rock, not from being beaten up and he was kidnapped.
During Tuesday's media appearance, Allenby said everything has been blown out of proportion. "I was a victim, and all of a sudden you're putting all the blame on me. So I take full responsibility if I did do something wrong, I have no problem in the world in owning up to if I did do something wrong" he said.
At the time of the alleged incident Allenby was in Honolulu for the Sony Open, this week he will compete in the Waste Management Open in Phoenix.