Wednesday, January 9, 2008


Kelly Tilghman didn’t play lacrosse at Duke, but she was on the golf team. She has since become a golf commentator and is the first woman to anchor the Golf Channel’s PGA coverage, so she’s not stupid (theoretically).

It was all going splendidly for Kelly (whom, according to basketball head coach Mike Krzydjfhvnx9ski, “benefited from my leadership”), until last Friday when she up and jammed her Foot Joy squarely in her mouth.

Kelly, what were you thinking?

Standard answer: She wasn’t.

Tilghman and partner Nick Faldo were discussing what young PGA pros needed to do to compete with Tiger Woods, when the former Blue Devil said today's young players should "lynch Tiger Woods in a back alley."

Oops. A rather unfortunate choice of words don’t you think Mr. Zoeller?

In a statement issued Monday, Tilghman said: "On Friday during our golf broadcast, Nick Faldo and I were discussing Tiger's dominance in the golf world and I used some poorly chosen words. I have known Tiger for 12 years and I have apologized directly to him. I also apologize to our viewers who may have been offended by my comments."

The Golf Channel also responded to the situation. "We regret the unfortunate choice of words Kelly used during the broadcast and apologize to anyone who was offended by her remarks," the network said in its statement.

Now, we assume Kelly Tilghman is not a racist as some folks are now shouting from on high. None the less, what a bad choice of words. No doubt, all she meant was that the best way to compete with Tiger would be to get rid of him. Most of us would have gone for “kidnap him” or “run him over with a bus.” Having said that, most of us aren’t under the pressure of a live television broadcast either.

But it does beg the question, how many people still have the term “lynch him in a back alley” in their arsenal of phrases they use on a regular basis, or an irregular basis for that matter.

Tiger's agent, Mark Steinberg, late yesterday sought to put to rest a budding controversy involving the Golf Channel's Kelly Tilghman, calling it a "non-issue."

1 comment:

  1. At least she didn't say "Put a cap in his black ass."


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