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World tours pay lip service to Williams slur

Posted on: November 6, 2011 10:33 am
Edited on: November 6, 2011 10:40 am

What, you were expecting swift justice, some semblance of accountability, or at least a measure of transparency?

Slow learners, we are.

Sunday night in Shanghai, after the big-money HSBC Champions event concluded, the commissioners of the PGA and European tours offered a joint statement about the weekend’s other hot-button matter, the perceived racial slur uttered at an off-site banquet Friday night by controversial caddie Steve Williams.

In at apparent attempt at humor at the off-color awards banquet, the longtime bagman of Tiger Woods described his over-the-top celebration after new boss Adam Scott won in August as an attempt to “shove it up his black arse----.”

Williams was denigrating about Woods, his boss for parts of 13 years until he was sacked at midsummer, leaving the caddie feeling bitter and betrayed.

Given the game’s history as it relates to racial issues -- Woods is the lone player of African-American blood with exempt status in 2012 -- the condemnation was swift from all corners of the globe. However, it took two days for the tours to offer any formal comment, and when the wrist-slap was issued, it implied that zero punitive measures were taken.

The PGA Tour is empowered to sanction caddies, but implied that no action had been taken, other than to toss out a few late, hollow words.

“The International Federation of PGA Tours feels strongly there is no place for any form of racism in ours or any other sport,” the statement began.

Just not strongly enough to offer any sanction, apparently.

“We consider the remarks of Steve Williams, as reported, entirely unacceptable in whatever context,” the statement said. “We are aware that he has apologized fully and we trust we will not hear such remarks ever again. Based on this, we consider the matter closed, and we will have no further comment.”

This clears a path for Williams to caddie for Aussie-born Scott at the Australian Open later this week and next week at the Presidents Cup matches, where Williams, a New Zealander, will be a sideshow to the story – Woods is playing in both events.

Just another reminder that when it comes to discipline, the sport is long on talk and short on corrective action, especially the U.S. tour. John Daly had an inches-thick disciplinary file that was released in 2010 as part of a lawsuit, and it was learned that despite more suspensions and sanctions than any player in tour history, he had been fined approximately $100,000.

Faced with yet another chance to do the right thing, the professional game’s top officials did what they have done best for years – talked the talk, but skipped the walk.

Williams will get off Scott-free with the new boss, pardon the pun gymnastics. The world's No. 8 player said after his final round at HSBC that he would not suspend Williams for the Aussie Open or Presidents Cup matches and refused to be dragged further into the afffair.

That decision was ar least as disappointing as the non-action taken by the professional tours, given Scott's sterling reputation as a classy player who has rarely, it ever, made such a perceived public misstep. Bluntly asked if the tours were condoning racism by failing to take action -- a charge that could rightly be leveled at Scott himself -- the player blanched.

"Look, I don't [think] digging for a story out of me on this is a good idea," he told reporters.


Since: Nov 6, 2011
Posted on: November 6, 2011 11:30 pm

World tours pay lip service to Williams slur

Blah, blah... Who cares what Williams says? He's even less relevant than Woods. Lighten up folks - there are far bigger problems in the would than someone describing the color of another person's arse.

Since: Nov 6, 2011
Posted on: November 6, 2011 11:25 pm

World tours pay lip service to Williams slur

"This raises one question: if Williams had referred to commissioner Ty Votaw as a "bleeping Polack," would he be getting off without even a slap on the wrist?  I think we all know the answer to that."

It would be a non-issue. After all, everyone knows that Polacks are all big bleepers. Truthfully, have we all become so thinned skinned that silly coments such as William's should create this much splash? Strap a set on people! 

Since: Nov 30, 2009
Posted on: November 6, 2011 11:18 pm

World tours pay lip service to Williams slur

Don't blame me guys! I have been carrying Tiger's bag for more than 12 years and I have been part of his success. He has earned me more than 20 million dollars and in the process I have been bragging about my abilities in his success! Even though you guys would've judged me of my abilities that if I can keep that success with my new employer Scot, now I don't think I have that chance I had with TWs with my new employer Scot. If TWs put his act together, I know he will have 10 more majors and me loosing another 20 millons in the process is unbearable for me. What is his name , his new caddey LaCa..., me thinking of him taking that money, drives me wild and crazy. That is why I am bitter about TWs. God, he is a money making machine I have ever witnessed in my life. So do you think my life will be better with Scot? I am bitter thinking about it. Bitter, bitter, bitter,..........
I expect pga tour to see the clock we are in and make a resolute decision. I watch golf because of Woods. So why watching golf if they don't address such issues where globalizaton is the theme.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: November 6, 2011 11:11 pm

And another thing...

Adam Scott should do the right thing and find a new caddy over the December break.  I don't know how the economy is in Australia, but I'm sure there aren't many jobs over there for uneducated, arrogant punks with big mouths, either.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: November 6, 2011 11:09 pm

World tours pay lip service to Williams slur

Of course they didn't discipline Stevie Williams.  Most of the golf hierarchy is made up of people who grew up in country clubs.  They say the right things, but many of them hold people of color in comtempt behind the scenes.  To them, people of color represent the "great unwashed," and aren't "worthy" of being treated equally.  
This raises one question: if Williams had referred to commissioner Ty Votaw as a "bleeping Polack," would he be getting off without even a slap on the wrist?  I think we all know the answer to that. 

Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2011 11:04 pm

World tours pay lip service to Williams slur

As a "person of color" ("Black" does not describe what or who I am) I thought his comments point to the underlying riff between Williams and Tiger.
I don't think Steve Williams is racist...he just doesn't like Tiger and he used the wrong words in saying so (and maybe should have been more gracious originally and acknowledged the great things that Tiger did for him begfore he was terminated).
What I do think is that you don't play with a Tiger's tail!! Williams may light a flame under Tiger that none of the other recent events seem to have been able to do. I want to see if Tiger even looks at Williams when Scott and he are paired together. You can bet that should Tiger win, he'll take the high road with his remarks...but just in case, wide!!

Since: Apr 6, 2009
Posted on: November 6, 2011 9:48 pm

What exactly did he say??

All I've seen posted is the part about wanting to shove the win up Tiger's black arse. There has to be more to it than that right? Or am I missing something?

I'm assuming the n word was used and that's just not being reported to be politically correct or something. If so, Williams needs to be fired. If it's just the black arse comment then I'm confused.

Since: Oct 28, 2008
Posted on: November 6, 2011 9:46 pm

World tours pay lip service to Williams slur

Nice job of character assassination on Adam Scott, Elling.  There may be guilt by association since he kept Stevie, but to say Adam's racist?  Come on...give a guy a blog on a corporate giant like CBS and all of a sudden you believe you're God.  Easiest thing to do is throw around big words like "racist" and assassinate someone's character.  So if I saw you touching a 5-year-old girl, can I spread the word that you're a child molester?  You can spin things any way you want.

Since: Jul 7, 2009
Posted on: November 6, 2011 9:17 pm

World tours pay lip service to Williams slur

But if he had said it on BET (Black Entertainment Network) it probably would have been OK??? Why the double standard? Why can they call themselves Black and it isnt considered incorrect??

Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: November 6, 2011 8:41 pm

World tours pay lip service to Williams slur

Oh for crying out loud with the politically correct rhetoric.  Will we ever get over this?  Tiger Woods is black.  That's a fact.  So if Steve had just voiced his comments (we all knew he was ecstatic to beat his former boss) as "shoving it up his red shirted, Nike arse...  is that bigotry against people wearing red, or favoring Occupy Wall Street?

The fact is that the PGA has paraded Woods for years as a black athlete, an example to black youth to join the sport, as a poster child for a more diverse tour...

This whole non-story is a waste.  And the apparently light treatment by the PGA -- bravo.

Whatever color Tiger is jerk, a cad and an imploded failure of late (failure=not reaching potential + blowing up the most important things in life (family + Self respect)) and it was great to see Steve involved in knocking him down another peg...  and then celebrating right up his kazoo!

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