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Golf Channel's Chamblee Backs Off Tiger Woods Comments, Resigns From Golf.com
Published October 31, 2013
IN THE ROUGH: CBSSPORTS.com's Gregg Doyel wrote Woods made a "bad-guy move" in "trying to use his power and influence ... to get a TV golf analyst fired for something the TV golf analyst didn't even say on TV." The "most powerful golfer in the world, and his agent, are leaning on Golf Channel to fire Chamblee for something he wrote for Golf.com." They could "try to get Chamblee fired from the website -- which would also be a bad-guy move -- but Chamblee's biggest gig, by far, is on the television side." So that is "where Tiger wants to hurt him." Doyel: "All because Chamblee pointed out -- in a creative way -- that Tiger was, shall we say, cavalier with the rules during the 2013 season" (CBSSPORTS.com, 10/28). In San Diego, Tod Leonard wrote, "Fans of golf and Golf Channel should be angry and disappointed if the network bows to the pressure of Tiger Woods and his agent to fire" Chamblee (UTSANDIEGO.com, 10/30).
TWITTER REAX: MSP Sports Founder Tim McGhee wrote on his Twitter feed, “Chamblee continues to back pedal. If he's sorry, he should apologize to Tiger. If not, he should stand by his words. Stop equivocating.” Sport magazine Publisher Simon Caney: “This Tiger-Chamblee thing. Who blinks first? Not much need for the Golf Channel to blink at all though, it seems.” Palm Springs-based KXPS-AM’s Julie Buehler wrote, “Tiger IS lax with rules and HE's offended by Chamblee's comments??? Hoping the Golf Channel has a backbone.” Arizona Daily Star’s Greg Hansen: “Brandel Chamblee outstanding Golf Ch voice/writer. Sad execs crumbled, not backing him v. Tiger."