Jim Gray Questions Corey Pavin And Tiger Woods; World Questions Gray

Christopher SchmidtContributor IAugust 11, 2010

KOHLER, WI - AUGUST 11:  Colin Montgomerie of Scotland (R), European Ryder Cup Captain, looks on as Corey Pavin, United States Ryder Cup Captain, speaks to the media during a press conference prior to the start of the 92nd PGA Championship on the Straits Course at Whistling Straits on August 11, 2010 in Kohler, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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Representing the Golf Channel, Jim Gray today confronted Ryder Cup Captain, Corey Pavin.  The two exchanged heated words regarding the disclosure of Tiger Wood's Ryder Cup status following the PGA Championship morning press conference.

Not suffering from an excess of respect from his peers, Jim Gray recently made compost of his doubtful credibility by proctoring the  LeBron James' made-for-TV disaster, "The Decision." Not content with merely setting fire to the trash heap of his career, today Jim Gray saw fit to assault Ryder Cup Captain and sports icon, Cory Pavin.

Not surprisingly the latest controversy surrounding the PGA involves Tiger Woods.  In his limited defense, however, this bit is not his fault.  Recent speculation over whether Tiger will, or should be on the Ryder Cup team has reached an immediate boiling point and, well, boiled over at a morning press conference at the site of this week's PGA Championship.

Apparently Pavin and Gray had an earlier talk about the issue, and Gray released details about the conversation, which Pavin now disputes. Gray claims Pavin said he will pick Woods for the team if he does not automatically qualify.  Not surprising.  Despite recent play, Woods still commands respect on the golf course, especially in Ryder Cup format.

Pavin said today that he told Gray no such thing.  Again, not surprising.  Pavin does not want to tip his hand to the European team, nor would he want to discourage others attempting to make the US squad.

Gray took the opportunity to call Pavin a liar.  Okay, this comes as a surprise.

It is not likely that Jim Gray would risk even his reputation making up this story, and he might be a little insulted, but can this be the first time he has been contradicted by a manager, owner, coach, etc.?  Gray has made it his business to speculate and release sensitive information, and bruised egos come with the job.  If Pavin is being less than genuine, you make that the subject of your next breaking story.  You don't shout the man down in public.

If Pavin is lying, Gray finally has his hands on something worth reporting.  Too bad for him, and sideline reporter respectability everywhere, he just blew it.

Not to be outdone, LeBron James is Twittering @ everyone who said mean things about him that you are all big jerks and he knows where you live.