Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee is changing more grades than a University of Alabama provost.
Chamblee issued an apology recently after implying that Tiger Woods went a little too far in bending the rules this season after Woods was penalized mulitple times for rules infractions. In a recent column, Chamblee wrote:
“I remember when we only talked about Tiger’s golf. I miss those days. He won five times and contended in majors and won the Vardon Trophy and . . . how shall we say this . . . was a little cavalier with the rules.” He then gave Woods a ‘”100” with a line through it, followed by the “F.”
Chamblee later issued an apology on Twitter lately, clearly aimed at stemming the controversy and saving his job.
“My intention was to note Tiger’s rules infractions this year, but comparing that to cheating in grade school went too far,” he wrote.
Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg did what he gets paid to do, bully the network into issuing the apology. Steinberg who, shockingly, is a lawyer by trade, released a statement to ESPN.com that accused the analyst of trying to garner attention (like the only golf channel needs it) and said he would “have to give some thought to legal action.”
Steinberg did not reply to an email from The Associated Press. Of course he didn’t. He knows Chamblee’s comments about public figure Woods aren’t actionable and are protected by the Constitution to an extent.
Here is the apology:
“What brought me here was the realization that my comments inflamed an audience on two sides of an issue,” Chamblee wrote on Twitter. “Golf is a gentleman’s game and I’m not proud of this debate. I want to apologize to Tiger for this incited discourse.”
Good job, Steiny, now it’s time to crawl back under your rock until the next Woods rules infraction.