He’s volatile, savvy and, some say, scary. But who is the real Donald Trump? In a series of interviews with dozens of friends, foes, and the Republican presidential candidate himself, a PEOPLE special report examines the truth about the man behind the bluster.
Donald Trump wants to make one thing very clear: He does not cheat at golf, no matter what anyone says.
Samuel L. Jackson and Alice Cooper are among those who have reportedly accused the Republican frontrunner, 69, of taking a few liberties on the links. But the real estate mogul, who owns number of golf courses that bear his name, says there is absolutely no truth to the “disgusting” rumors and accusations.
“It’s false,” he tells PEOPLE for this week’s cover story. “I think that’s disgusting. I’ve won a lot of golf tournaments. Where did that happen?”
In January, Jackson, an avid golfer who says he has played with Trump several times, was asked by United Airlines’ Rhapsody magazine to name the better golfer.
“Oh, I am for sure. I don’t cheat,” Jackson said, per Golf magazine.
Last September, The Washington Post published an article about Trump’s alleged cheating, which recounted comments rocker Cooper made to Q magazine in 2012 about Trump’s game.
“The worst celebrity golf cheat? I wish I could tell you that. It would be a shocker. I played with Donald Trump one time. That’s all I’m going to say.” he reportedly said.
In his recent PEOPLE interview, Trump made it clear he is offended by accusations that question his integrity both on and off the course.
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“I don’t cheat at golf. I don’t cheat at anything actually,” he says. “They’re dishonest people. They’re dishonest people. They’re really dishonest people. What is there a story or something?”
Although Trump questioned the existence of the rumors when asked about urban legends circulating online – telling PEOPLE “Do they say the same thing about Clinton? It’s [an online urban] legend that I cheat?” – the candidate acknowledged Jackson’s comments in January on Twitter.
“I don’t know @SamuelLJackson, to best of my knowledge haven’t played golf w/him & think he does too many TV commercials – boring. Not a fan.”