Jim Gray, everyone’s favorite reporter (insert sarcasm) may have lost all semblance of integrity over the summer what with the “Decision” debacle and the alleged threats to Ryder Cup Captain Corey Pavin. Well, according to the Associated Press, Gray is at it once again.
Gray “was” covering the Northern Trust Open for the Golf Channel this week but a report indicates that he was removed for his handling of Dustin Johnson’s penalty which was enforced due to being late for his tee time. Johnson’s caddie, Bobby Brown (no, not Whitney’s Bobby Brown) was either at fault or he’s falling on his sword to protect his star golfer as he admitted to mixing up the times for the opening round which cost Johnson a two stroke penalty.
Brown indicates that Jim Gray approached Dustin Johnson on his way to the 14th tee to ask him why he was late to open the round and the tournament. Brown then approached Gray following the round to notify him that the middle of the round was not the appropriate time to ask the question.
The Golf Channel released this statement regarding the situation:
“Our aim is to provide the best possible golf coverage for our viewers. Anything else is a disservice. In order not to provide further distraction, we’ve decided to remove Jim from this particular assignment.”
As I referenced before, this is not the first time Gray was in a public argument involving the golf world and a similar move was made by the Golf Channel last August as well at the PGA Championship because of the heated altercation between Gray and Pavin.
In the grand scheme of things, this isn’t all that exciting, but as far as the PGA Tour is concerned, this is some pretty scandalous stuff! Gray clearly isn’t able to conduct himself in a professional manner and you just have to wonder when the Golf Channel will get fed up with his antics and stop hiring him for events. Gray is considered a “freelance” reporter so he’s not under contract with the Golf Channel and he is only hired for select events.
I can’t imagine the public holds any affinity towards him so one can only guess why the Golf Channel and others are even dealing with this nutjob anymore.
Up until the sex-scandal involving dozens of porn stars and other women, leading to the media firestorm surrounding the former world #1, Tiger Woods was one of the most uninteresting and dry athletes off the course, court, field, ice, whatever. You could say that Tiger has no personality or sense of humor and that wouldn’t be close to accurate enough to describe him.
But perhaps this personal crisis has allowed him to loosen up a little bit and maybe because he’s no longer the world’s #1 or even #2, he doesn’t feel like he’s under quite as much pressure. Amazingly, Tiger Woods not only used his Twitter account… he not only responded to a fan, but he cracked a joke! Not to mention, he knew about the Dave Chappelle “Racial Draft” skit and apparently liked it!
Here is the twitter exchange:
I almost fell out of my chair to actually see Tiger respond to a fan and to make a pretty funny joke! I’m extremely impressed with his knowledge of the Chappelle Show…
Here is the original skit. This is the best version I could find:
Tiger Woods has certainly suffered an incredible hit to his image due to his sexual escapades while married to Elin Nordegren. Last Thanksgiving, we witnessed one of the most amazing and rapid falls from grace in American history and even despite Tiger’s track record, many of his sponsors have distanced themselves.
Actually, the only sponsor who has really stood by his side has been Nike. Nearly ever other sponsor has at least significantly distanced themselves, if not completely severed the relationship. EA Sports, makers of popular sports gaming titles such as Madden NFL Football and Tiger Woods PGA Tour, even went so far as to remove Tiger from the cover of the game for the first time ever.
Despite their efforts to distance themselves slightly from the golf mega-star, his influence apparently cannot be removed from the game. According to a Deadspin article, a British woman who created a player within the game to match her appearance was startled when she finally teed it up to play with her own likeness. According to this woman, after hours of creating her own image, she found that the player wore only short shorts. Yep, the female player within the game was topless and appeared with incredible anatomic accuracy!
Check out the The Sun which is the original source of the story for the NSFW pictures and more details about the story. According to The Sun, it is believed that a programmer of the game put this little “glitch” into the game as a prank to mock Woods following his sex-capades last year.
EA Sports has apparently stated that this was the work of an independent hacker and that there is no way that this could have been a part of their release. But with my experience with games, there are so many hidden tricks and glitches that developers and programmers add that it wouldn’t surprise me in the least bit if this was a little “hidden trick” placed in the game for some fun. I’m not sure that it was meant to be included in the public release, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it was placed in the game for some fun by the development team.
Either way, it appears that even though EA Sports tried to distance themselves from Tiger, it’s clear that his fingerprints are ALL OVER this game!