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CBS' WRIGHT CHIDED FOR COMMENTS ON LESBIANS IN WOMEN'S GOLF
Published May 12, 1995
CBS golf analyst Ben Wright told the NEWS JOURNAL of Wilmington, DE, that "lesbians in the sport hurt women's golf" and that women's golfers are hurt by having breasts. Wright told the NEWS JOURNAL's Valerie Helmbreck that lesbianism on the LPGA Tour "is not reticent. It's paraded. There's a defiance in them in the last decade." Wright was also quoted as saying: "Women are handicapped by having boobs. It's not easy for them to keep their left arm straight, and that's one of the tenets of the game. Their boobs get in the way." LPGA Commissioner Charles Mechem: "I do not believe that lesbianism is a significant issue for the LPGA or that it has impeded growth in the past or that it will impede its growth in the future." LPGA vet Amy Alcott: "That's beating a dead dog. It's a way for men to keep women in their place. ... [The reality is] these people out here watching the tournament don't care about what anyone else does in their bedroom." LPGA vet Nancy Lopez: "He shouldn't say that unless he has some facts." LPGA golfer Lauri Merten called Wright "a jerk": "He should be fired" (Wilmington NEWS JOURNAL/USA TODAY, 5/12). Wright is scheduled to work on CBS' coverage of the McDonald's LPGA Championship in Wilmington this weekend. CBS Sports had no comment this morning (THE DAILY).