Another Golf Channel Analyst In Hot Water

Monday, February 09, 2009

About a year ago, the Golf Channel's Kelly Tilghman was briefly suspended for her "lynching" comments in regards to Tiger Woods, and today another analyst on the network has been suspended. Former PGAer Andrew Magee, who is an on-course reporter, has been "disciplined" for a comment made to analyst Gary McCord, about a funny t-shirt that he saw a fan wearing. Via CBS Sports....

Magee, serving as a roving reporter during the second-round broadcast, told the network he believed he was off the air when he mentioned to fellow analyst Gary McCord that he had just seen a fan wearing a T-shirt that read, "I got kicked out of the Boy Scouts for eating a brownie."

McCord, who works primarily for CBS Sports, didn't react verbally and there were several moments of dead air following the comment.

Golf Channel spokesman Dan Higgins said the network received several e-mail complaints from viewers about the remark. The Golf Channel's online message boards have been filled with fan feedback on the matter.

"He was disciplined for that," Higgins said, from Orlando. "It was a mistake. He's fairly new in the role of on-course reporter, which is no excuse, but he has been disciplined, yes.

"It was inappropriate."
I'm confused. Were there really that many people out there who were actually offended enough to contact the network? And on top of that, how many people do you think even get the joke? I admit that I myself had to think about it for a few seconds before it registered. While I have yet to hear how the presence of the t-shirt was exactly relayed over the airwaves, it seems like this is a non-issue. I think the Golf Channel's stance of the comment being "inappropriate", is the right one, and in no way should Magee be suspended.

Update: It appears that Magee has actually been suspended and will be off the air for one week starting today.

Golf Channel reprimands loose-lipped Magee (CBS Sports)


I'll admit it. I don't get it either. I was too busy killing brain cells by watching the Pro Bowl.

GMoney said...
Feb 9, 2009, 10:45:00 AM  

We're subjected to 100's of erectile dysfunction and bladder control commercials each and every broadcast but Magee can't make a one little joke with sexual innuendo (In your-endo...Hiiiiiii-oh!). C'mon, the football through the tire swing and the suddenly spurting faucet are no worse than Magee's comment on the t-shirt. Could have been worse - he could have made a Webelo joke...

14 STIX said...
Feb 9, 2009, 11:06:00 AM  
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K Hartley said...
Feb 9, 2009, 11:31:00 AM  

I agree that he probably shouldn't have said anything out of good taste but what kills me is that he was just reading a t-shirt. Poor dude got suspended for a naughty joke he didn't even come up with himself.

Ed James said...
Feb 9, 2009, 11:38:00 AM  

It's fairly subtle.

I want to find the person who has the sense of humor to get this, while simultaneously lacking enough of a sense of humor to get offended.

Lighten up, I would say to them.

Anonymous said...
Feb 9, 2009, 11:55:00 AM  

@14 STIX- not to mention the construction worker metaphorically taking a dump in the All-Bran commercial.

Unholy_Diver said...
Feb 9, 2009, 1:02:00 PM  

Bigface, you hit it right on the head. Too many people are too easily offended and bitch and moan at any opportunity.

Besides, if you saw the Addams Family movied, didn't you laugh out loud when Wednesday asked if Girl Scout cookies were made from real Girl Scouts?

Mike said...
Feb 9, 2009, 1:39:00 PM  

@Bigface: The people who are "outraged" are the stuck-up people who had to be told what the joke meant, and then decided it was offensive.

Jay said...
Feb 10, 2009, 5:36:00 PM  

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