Tilghman’s suspension ends in time for the Buick Invitational on Jan. 24, when Tiger will make his 2008 debut.
Golf Channel suspended golf’s first female anchor Kelly Tilghman for two weeks for saying last week that young players who wanted to challenge Tiger Woods should “lynch him in a back alley.” Although Woods and Tilghman have known each other 12 years and his agent at IMG said he didn’t think there was any ill intent, Al Sharpton demanded she be fired immediately.
According to a statement released by Golf Channel:
“There is simply no place on our network for offensive language like this.
While we believe that Kelly’s choice of words was inadvertent and that she did not intend them in an offensive manner, the words were hurtful and grossly inappropriate. Consequently, we have decided to suspend Kelly for two weeks, effective immediately.”
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Before her suspension was announced on Wednesday, Sharpton spoke earlier on CNN’s “Prime News” and continued to push for her firing, saying he wanted to meet with Golf Channel because the comments were “an insult to all blacks.”
“Lynching is not murder in general, it’s not assault in general,” Sharpton said. “It’s a specific racial term that this [woman] should be held accountable for. What she said is racist. Whether she’s a racist … is immaterial. She’s a broadcaster. The channel has to be accountable to the public.”
Tilghman was helped when Mark Steinberg, Woods’ agent at IMG, said it was a non-issue and considered the matter “case closed.”
“Tiger and Kelly are friends, and Tiger has a great deal of respect for Kelly,” Steinberg said. “Regardless of the choice of words used, we know unequivocally that there was no ill-intent in her comments.”
Tilghman had said in a previous statement she apologized directly to Woods, and the immediate support from Woods’ camp was critical.
Stop the Hate in ’08
Comedian Ricky Smiley is not laughing. In fact, after learning about a black couple living in a North Arlington, Texas neighborhood who were being victimized by an elderly white neighbor last week, he was outraged.
He and a group of pastors organized a march and town hall meeting of over 300 people last Thursday at Winbush Elementary School to make a stand against racism.
According to Smiley, this is a much larger problem then in just Arlington, Texas. These types of isolated incidents are happening more frequently across the country and racism and racial injustice in the United States most come to an end once and for all.
On December 19, the neighbor, Grace Head, verbally attacked Broderick Gamble and his fiancée, Silk Littlejohn, with racial slurs. Two days later, the couple found the words “Kill” and “Die Nigger” spray-painted on the garage of the new home they’re building. Two days after that, Ms. Head attacked Ms. Littlejohn with a two-by-four and was charged with assault, criminal trespass and failure to identify herself to a police officer. After she was released, she was arrested again three days later on a felony criminal mischief charge for jumping and sitting on the couple’s vehicle.
This couple, and everyone else, has the right and the freedom to move into any neighborhood of their choice. Why is this still happening?!