That’s the question I have after reading this piece in the NY Times. In it, Golf Channel president Page Thompson has this to say:
Thompson said he did not contemplate any punishment harsher than the two-week suspension. Were talking about someone with a spotless, 10-year record, he said. There is no evidence in her background of offensive beliefs and statements. Shes a friend of Tiger Woodss. Shes a pioneer woman sportscaster. Her whole background would make you say that this is a remark that is completely out of character.
Does that mean if she hadn’t been “a pioneer woman sportscaster” she’d be toast now? I actually think that’s likely the case. The reaction to the whole Lynchgate scandal has been such that if she’d been anyone other than golf’s first female lead sports anchor, you have to think she’d have been dusted immediately for her comments.
And I side with the Times on this one — what was she thinking? But beyond that, why didn’t someone at the Golf Channel recognize the her vocal miscue and have her apologize immediately on Saturday? And is anyone bothered that both she and Nick Faldo thought the remark warranted some laughter?