Earlier this week, on his PGA Tour SiriusXM radio show, alongside co-host Steve Johnson, celebrity golf instructor Hank Haney made some politically-incorrect commentary related to the dominance of Koreans on the LPGA Tour (read here).
As soon as his ill-advised commentary found its way to Twitter, where outrage gets fueled, Haney was forced to release an apology.
That did not satisfy Golfweek’s Christine Brennan, though, as the perpetually angry and outraged feminist, who basically smears people for a living, penned a column at Golfweek.com, which called for Haney (and Johnson) to be fired by the PGA Tour and SiriusXM.
And predictably, if the aforementioned brands didn’t heed her threat, it meant they condoned Haney’s comments, or something like that. It’s the same tired formula that the political left has perfected to bully brands into parting ways with unapproved personalities and/or media platforms.
Brennan wrote, “If Haney is not fired from that job (and Johnson with him) and every other role he plays in golf and the news media by dinnertime Wednesday, then the leadership of the game, the PGA Tour and SiriusXM is condoning racism, sexism and xenophobia while basically telling everyone who isn’t a white male that golf is not the sport for them.”
Brennan went even further, and demanded that Haney not be allowed to “set foot” on a golf club in America. Check that. She said, “let’s make it the world.”
Brennan wrote, “And if these clubs did allow Haney to walk on their property, they weren’t just condoning his ton-deaf comments, they were actually “telling every girl and woman and person of color” that they were not welcome on their golf course.
“If there’s any golf club in the country (let’s make it the world) that allows Haney to set foot on its property after that despicable exchange, that club is telling every girl and woman and person of color to go play any one of the dozens of other sports they can play for life, not golf.”
Because it manages the U.S. Women’s Open, the USGA made a statement in support of the LPGA, and women’s golf in general. But, naturally, this did not satisfy Brennan, who criticized the U.S. golf organization for not personally attacking Haney.
Brennan wrote, “The USGA came out with a response that unfortunately didn’t specifically criticize Haney but did say it is celebrating “the fact that the U.S. Open Championship is a global event that is open for all,” encouraging everyone to tune in.”
In addition to the PGA Tour, which co-brands the station on SiriusXM, she also demanded that the PGA of America, as well as Augusta National, make a statement criticizing Haney – which makes no sense unless you’re on a mission to destroy a man’s livelihood.
Brennan wrote, “Where is the PGA of America’s comment condemning Haney? Augusta National’s? The PGA Tour’s, since it’s their show.
“Their relationship with girls and women and people of color – by definition, the future of their dwindling participation base — is so precarious that they already should have publicly reprimanded Haney.”
A Sampling of Christine Brennan’s Golf-Related Hit Pieces
- Fred Funk Responds to Christine Brennan’s Hatchet Job
- Brennan: USGA Stands With Trump by Not Moving U.S. Women’s Open
- USA Today Columnist Bullies Rory McIlroy for Trump Connection
- USA Today Columnist: Golf Is Sexist, Tiger Robbed Women of Spotlight
- USA Today Columnist Criticizes Tiger For Not Criticizing President Trump
Update: In a joint statement by the PGA Tour and SiriusXM Radio, Haney was suspended.