Kelly Tilghman: Golf Channel Follows Up "Lynch" Tiger Woods Comment with Suspension

BobAnalyst IJanuary 10, 2008

Kelly Tilghman, a Golf Channel anchor, said on a broadcast last week that the younger golfers on the PGA Tour should "lynch Tiger Woods in a back alley."

On Wednesday, The Golf Channel reacted, suspending Tilghman for two weeks.

I believe in the long run they will regret their lenience.

"There is simply no place on our network for offensive language like this," Golf Channel said in a statement.

Well, is there room for the broadcaster who used the offensive language on your network?

Sure, in The Golf Channel's eyes.

Did you even suspend Tilghman those two weeks without pay? So, basically, you are giving her a paid vacation for making a racist comment?

Man I wish getting a paid two week vacation at a day-to-day office job was that easy.

Tiger Woods may think that there were no ill intent in her use of words.

I really believe that he just wanted to keep his name out of the story, he didn't want to get involved in a two person fight instead of one person making one comment about another.

The Reverend Al Sharpton and I have other thoughts on the situation.

The Rev demanded that Tilghman be fired immediately for her blantant racist remark.

I cannot say that I disagree.

There is no room for that type of language on public television, the Golf Channel said it themselves. Racism is supposed to be a problem that was taken care of years ago, but unfortunately it has not completely dimished from our society.

A comment like Tilghman's is better left to herself.

Oh, and how timely that Golf Channel's two week suspension ends right before the Buick Invitational on January 24. Woods will be making his 2008 debut at that very same tournament.

Whether harm was meant by the comment or not, a comment like that would draw any other person a major suspension from television if not an immediate firing from the position held.

The Golf Channel is just too easy on their broadcasters and anchors. That is the plain and simple truth.

Something more needs to be done, and it needs to be done now.

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