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No Gray area: Golf Channel benches reporter

Posted on: February 18, 2011 10:57 am
Edited on: February 18, 2011 11:07 am
 


Golf Channel reporter Jim Gray, who got in hot water last fall after engaging in a heated exchange with Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin, has been removed from further network coverage at this week's PGA Tour event in Los Angeles after precipitating another emotional incident.

Gray, a free-lance reporter who long has been known for his bold reportorial style, was benched Friday by the network after players and caddies in Dustin Johnson's threesome complained after Gray questioned Johnson during live play in the first round of the Northern Trust Open.

Johnson arrived late for his tee time Thursday morning and was penalized two shots, a story that became a headline during the first round. Gray spoke briefly with Johnson during the middle of his round and asked questions about why he was late to the tee, then reported Johnson's remarks on the network's pregame show.

Bobby Brown, Johnson's caddie, was particularly upset about the interruption, which came on the back nine. As a general rule, reporters do not speak with players during live play unless the player initiates the discussion. Certainly in matters relating to more emotional issues, like rules issues or the gaffe that nearly got Johnson disqualified, that unwritten editorial tenet would doubly apply.

An agitated Brown profanely complained to reporters after the round and to Gray directly about the interruption. Playing partners Steve Stricker and D.A. Points were also said to angered by Gray's decision to question Johnson during live play.

The network issued a formal statement Friday: "Our focus is to provide the best possible golf coverage for our viewers. Anything else is a disservice. In order to avoid further distraction, we've decided to remove Jim from this particular assignment."

The network had no comment on Gray's long-term future and declined to make Gray available for comment.

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Since: Jul 17, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2011 8:50 am
 

No Gray area: Golf Channel benches reporter

Finland linny

Have you EVER palyed a COMPETITIVE round of Golf...IN YOUR LIFE...if not you have NO IDEA.......

Speaking about things that you are ignorant about ....well ...just shows you are ignorant.


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Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2011 4:10 pm
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Posted on: February 20, 2011 4:08 pm
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Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2011 10:57 pm
 

No Gray area: Golf Channel benches reporter

Johnson was right on the cut line too. Then it seemed as if he became distracted and got out of his rhythm and blew up and missed the cut. Jim Gray was wrong for doing this.



Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: February 19, 2011 8:04 pm
 

No Gray area: Golf Channel benches reporter

you don't ask questions during live play. You know nothing about golf. Do you see reporters shouting from the sidelines asking players questions on a basketball court during the game? Personally I would love to see Jim Gray run out onto the football field during a game so I could see a LB break his stick body in half.



Since: Jul 17, 2007
Posted on: February 19, 2011 7:50 pm
 

No Gray area: Golf Channel benches reporter

Some people like to talk while golfing - As a player, you have to identify if your playing partners are talkers or not. Respect is a lost art these days - Reporters like Gray Know better than to question a player in mid round.....this was not a PRO-AM round w/ Bill Murray -

Kuddos to Stricker and Points for standing up to this B.S.!



Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: February 19, 2011 3:55 pm
 

No Gray area: Golf Channel benches reporter

   Jim Gray probably ate boogers when he was young - actually he probably still does.



Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2011 2:17 pm
 

No Gray area: Golf Channel benches reporter

If there was ever a "sport" for a reporter to try to be controversial and cause a stir to liven things up, it's golf. Gray should be applauded. If Johnson can't concentrate after being asked a question than he shouldn't be on the pro tour. And isn't this guy a regular at the Phoenix Open? There's an interruption every other hole there.



Since: Dec 29, 2010
Posted on: February 19, 2011 1:41 pm
 

No Gray area: Golf Channel benches reporter

This guy should be fired and banned from further golf event coverage.  There is a time and a place to interview, and Mr. Gray is too stupid or too rude to understand. 


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