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It’s been quite a week for Major League Baseball, as commissioner Rob Manfred has been ripped by just about everyone for not punishing any of the Houston Astros that cheated their way to a World Series title in 2017.
But MLB isn’t the only league doing its best to protect cheaters. The PGA Tour is right their with them, as we saw Thursday in Mexico City.
This centers around Patrick Reed, of course, and new allegations by a former CBS announcer that he had been seen improving his lie a number of times over the years.
In December, Reed was caught clearly using his club to move sand from behind his ball during an event the Bahamas. Reed was “punished” after the round by being given a two-stroke penalty and was said to have taken the punishment like a “gentleman” by Slugger White, the Vice-President of Rules and Competitions for the PGA Tour.
That whole thing was an embarrassing look for the Tour, which should have come down harder on a player who blatantly cheated.
Reed denied that he knowingly moved the sand, which is absurd, then later saw his caddie throw a punch at a fan during the Presidents Cup in Australia, and threatened legal action on the Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee if the analyst wouldn’t stop calling him a cheater.
Well, this week former CBS analyst Peter Kostis (who didn’t have his contract renewed this year because CBS has proven that they aren’t interested in producing good golf broadcasts) said during a must-listen appearance on the No Laying Up podcast that he had seen Reed improve his lie four different times over the years, including this time when he subtly brought it up during a broadcast.
Oh, and making things even better, Brooks Koepka also took some shots at Reed this week for “building sand castles in the sand” and insinuating that Reed knew what he was doing in the Bahamas.
Reed is playing at the WGC event in Mexico City this week and was asked about these new allegations after Thursday’s first round. First he danced around the topic, saying. via Golf Digest:
“I mean, I said what I have to say about what happened in the Bahamas,” Reed said. “At the end of the day, all I’m trying to do is go out and play good golf and trying to win a golf championship and hopefully run Rory down.”
And then this happened when the media had the gal to ask a follow up:
When a follow-up question was asked — if Reed was at all bothered that the topic of what happened in the Bahamas keeps coming up and following him — an official from the PGA Tour ended the interview, saying that Reed was only there to talk about golf.
A PGA Tour official saying Reed was only there to talk about golf is just so rich, considering the media was talking about golf and how Reed was being accused of cheating in golf. The Tour is one of of the more gutless organizations in professional sports, so this shouldn’t have surprised anyone, but it’s still an embarrassing look for them.
Though I’m guessing Rob Manfred thought it was handled really well.
But yeah, apparently the PGA Tour thinks they can just run and hide from this ongoing controversy and it will just go away. Apparently the PGA Tour is OK with one of their players blatantly cheating. Apparently the PGA Tour doesn’t believe this should be a big deal and the media should no longer question Reed about it.
Which should only make things worse for them.
Which is fine with me.
Thursday’s biggest winner: Marshawn Lynch.
The new trailer for the third season of HBO’s hit show “Westworld” hit the internet on Thursday and NFL fans were quick to spot Marshawn Lynch playing a bit role in it, which is awesome. Let’s hope he plays another role in the NFL next season, too.
Quick hits: Big Papi calls Fiers a snitch… Ryan Newman’s miracle… Antonio Brown’s weightlifting snafu… And more!
– David Ortiz spoke to the media about the Astros and called out Mike Fiers for being a snitch. Yikes.
– Ryan Newman surviving that horrific crash at the Daytona 500 is the latest miracle for NASCAR.
– Antonio Brown had a painful moment while working out… and of course it was caught on Instagram.
– Here are the 50 best NFL free agents ranked by value.
– Kevin Garnett told a great story about once talking trash to Michael Jordan.