Golf Channel lead broadcaster Kelly Tilghman returned from a two-week suspension for making a "lynch Tiger Woods" remark three weeks ago at the Mercedes-Benz Championship. "I'm Kelly Tilghman," she began. "It's an honor to be with you again. In a recent live broadcast I used an inappropriate word that was offensive to many. For the last two weeks I've taken the time to reflect and truly understand the impact of what I said. While I need not intend to offend anyone, I understand why those words were hurtful. I am terribly sorry for any hurt that I have caused. I would like to express my deepest apologies."
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There was a technical problem with the golf channel transmission and the beginning of her apology did not have any audio. After her apology was completed the Golf Channel continued their broadcast with coverage of the tournament. Tiger Woods was playing at the PGA tournament.
Tiger Woods' IMG agent, Mark Steinberg, tried to resolve the controversy involving the Golf Channel and Kelly Tilghman's remarks by calling it a "non-issue" and issuing the following statement on his clients behalf through the channel.
"This story is a non-issue. Tiger and Kelly are friends and Tiger has a great deal of respect for Kelly. Regardless of the choice of words used we know unequivocally that there was no ill intent in her comments. This story is a non-issue in our eyes. Case closed." [SOURCE]
At the time of the story, Newsday stated that the Golf Channel did not plan any disciplinary action. However, the case was not closed. Many were citing the historical definition of the term 'lynching' . Kelly Tilghman's remarks about Tiger Woods sparked claims of "racism". The controversy has led to some people questioning Tiger Woods' position on the "lynch" Tiger Woods remark and what responsibility athletes who have multi-million endorsement deals should take on issues like the Golf Week Magazine noose controversy . ESPN spoke to sports legend Jim Brown about the Golf Week noose controversy inspired by Kelly Tilghman's remarks and held their own round table discussion on the issue. CNN also spoke to the fired Editor of Golf Week who decided to put a noose on the cover of the magazine to illustrate Kelly Tilghman's lynch Tiger Woods comments.
ESPN ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ON GOLF WEEK MAGAZINE NOOSE AND TIGER WOODS
JIM BROWN SPEAKS ON THE GOLF WEEK CONTROVERSY AND TIGER WOODS