Tiger Woods turns up heat on Brandel Chamblee, Golf Channel
Tiger Woods has turned up the heat on Brandel Chamblee and Golf Channel by saying he’s waiting for the network’s next move.
Chamblee, a Golf Channel analyst, caused an uproar by implying in a Golf.com column that Woods cheated and by giving Woods’ five-win season an overall “F” grade due to a series of rules violations. Chamblee, who has a reputation as a Woods critic, wrote that the world’s No. 1-ranked golfer was “a little cavalier with the rules” and included an analogy of his fourth-grade teacher crossing out “100″ and giving him an “F” for cheating on a math test.
Last week, Chamblee tweeted that the cheating comparison went too far, and he apologized to Woods for “this incited discourse.”
Woods, speaking publicly for the first time since Chamblee’s column was published, said that Chamblee didn’t really apologize, but that he’s prepared to move on. Woods then insinuated that he is waiting for Golf Channel to act on its analyst.
“All I am going to say is that I know I am going forward,” Woods said before his exhibition match with Rory McIlroy at Mission Hills. “But then, I don’t know what the Golf Channel is going to do or not. But then that’s up to them. The whole issue has been very disappointing as he didn’t really apologize and he sort of reignited the whole situation.
“So the ball really is in the court of the Golf Channel and what they are prepared to do.”
Golf Channel has not commented on Chamblee’s column and Chamblee has said no one asked him to apologize.
Chamblee said in an email last week to The Associated Press that he never said that he thinks Woods cheated.
“I think ‘cavalier with the rules’ allows for those with a dubious opinion of the BMW video,” Chamblee said. “My teacher in the fourth grade did not have a dubious opinion of how I complete the test. But she was writing to one, and as I was writing to many, I felt it important to allow for the doubt some might have, so I chose my words accordingly.
“What people want to infer about that is up to them,” he said. “I have my opinion, they can form theirs.”
Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, issued a statement to ESPN.com that raised the possibility of legal action against Chamblee and also is waiting on Golf Channel to act.
“I’m all done talking about it and it’s now in the hands of the Golf Channel,” Steinberg said. “That’s Tiger’s view and that’s mine, and all we want to do is move forward. And whether the Golf Channel moves forward as well, then we’ll have to wait and see.”