Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee inserted his foot firmly into his mouth earlier this week with his comments about Tiger Woods being a cheater, comparing Woods to himself as a fourth-grader cheating on a math test. On Wednesday, Chamblee tried to remove the taste of foot from his mouth by making a public apology 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.— brandel chamblee (@chambleebrandel) October 23, 2013
Chamblee then followed that tweet with a clarification for his followers:
And no - I was not asked to apologize— brandel chamblee (@chambleebrandel) October 23, 2013
But he still wasn't done. The retired golfer who won two professional tournaments in his career and made the cut for three majors decided to point out the flaw in his statement about Woods:
My intention was to note Tiger's rules infractions this year, but comparing that to cheating in grade school went too far.— brandel chamblee (@chambleebrandel) October 23, 2013
Chamblee's remarks toward Woods were not only unnecessary but also unwarranted. While Woods has been the source of controversy since 2009, and deservedly so, the 37-year-old enjoyed his best season since the fallout from his scandal.
After winning five PGA Tour events and finishing on the top of the money list for the 10th time in his career, Woods earned his 11th PGA Player of the Year.
But rather than attacking the fact that he didn't win a major this season or noting that winning five events should be the norm for Woods—he's won five or more eight times—Chamblee decided to basically state that any victories should be considered invalid because Woods was caught for rules violations, each of which he was penalized for.
Chamblee's apology seems to be his attempt at moving forward and potentially trying to avoid being sued by Woods. Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg, voiced his frustration earlier in the week:
There's nothing you can call a golfer worse than a cheater. This is the most deplorable thing I have seen. I'm not one for hyperbole, but this is absolutely disgusting. Calling him a cheater? I'll be shocked, stunned if something is not done about this. Something has to be done.
There are certainly things that just don't go without response. It's atrocious. I'm not sure if there isn't legal action to be taken. I have to give some thought to legal action.
Was Chamblee's apology enough?
If he wanted to make a public apology, Chamblee should have done so in the same way he made the initial comments—in an article or actual statement.
While Twitter has clearly become a means for writers and athletes alike to have their voices heard, it is not the correct stage to apologize to the best professional golfer on the PGA Tour this season. Not only were the comments offensive, but a Twitter apology seems like yet another slap in the face to Woods.