Golf Commentator Got Into Trouble For "Lynch" Tiger Woods Joke

The Golf Channel's commentator Kelly Tilghman got into hot water (bunker?) when she joked about what young golfers that wanted to challenge Tiger Woods should do to him:

Faldo and Tilghman were discussing young players who could challenge the world's No. 1 player toward the end of Friday's broadcast at Kapalua when Faldo suggested that "to take Tiger on, maybe they should just gang up for a while."

"Lynch him in a back alley," Tilghman replied.(Source) [Both were chuckling at this point, see the video below]

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Though Tiger Woods himself didn't take offense at Kelly's remark (they're long-time friends), the uproar got Kelly a two-week suspension. Rev. Al Sharpton even joined the fray and demanded that she be fired over a racist comment.

I understand the charged meaning of the word "lynch" to the African American community, but let me ask you this: is the whole thing overblown? Are people like Rev. Al Sharpton just being overly sensitive or do they have a valid point?


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Whoa, sounds like Flogger wants to do some lynching of their own - that's okay to say, isn't it, because it's about a white woman?

The thing is: Sharpton is more of a racist than this woman, since he looks at Tiger Woods and sees a black man. He's objectifying Woods, and trying to make him into a victim, for his own selfish ends. He's trying to tell us that there are differences between black and white, and that there always will be.

It's sad. This could be why America is scared of Obama, and will elect tired old, corrupt Hillary in.
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Listen, people, I've been watching her on the TGC for the past year, and let me tell you, she is what gives you Yanks a bad name.
No manners, no etiquette, can't shut up, and even tries to follow up Nick's intelligent, funny, sarcastic, ironic, self-deprecating but excuse-me commentary by saying something stupid - and this time, she got caught doing her idiotic thing.

She should never been allowed to be on the air in the first place, that woman-man person. Absolutely horrible and says the most idiotic and inappropriate comment constantly.

Now the whole world knows how her head works. She got caught with her head in the gutter, which is where it always is.
I wish I was a video-editor who had taped all of her stupid comments from the past year, cos I can tell you, as an avid golfer for the past 30 years, there has never been a person who's totally lacking class as her in golf commentary, ever! And it sort of puts a dent in what golf has been trying to espouse and embrace with the First Tee programme, about how golf is teaching young kids manners, etiquette, courtesy, and all the good stuff to make a person a well rounded person in the world with excellent human qualities.

She is from the gutter and she should go back there. She should've at least have had the courtesy and SENSE to realize what she had done, and should've walked away on her own accord, and not be "suspended." She should simply resign now, and let TGC fix itself, cos obviously, some of the management at TGC should also have their heads examined.

You talk about how sometimes you want to shake your head in disbelief at what stupid things some of these commentators say, or roll your eyes at the pathetic words spoken? She exemplified all of those things.

I was amazed she survived this long without people catching onto her.
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They absolutely used the term lynch in the old west. One thing to keep in mind is that after the civil war, many confederate veterans spread out an worked on ranches in the west. I'm not a young guy and my father is very very old and my grandfather was born well into the 1800s. I heard many stories of lynching in Oregon and Washington state- one nasty one involving sheep rustling. This is the sad history we live with, but it's not all about the African-American experience in the deep south. I don't know how to say that without sounding like a creep, but it's pretty arrogant to presume that history is all about one people and lynching is not all about racism. Not remotely.
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