Now, Rory McIlroy has jumped into the Tiger Woods/Brandel Chamblee controversy.
“Yeah, I think Brandel was completely wrong,” McIlroy was quoted as saying in several media outlets.
“I don’t think he has the authority to say anything like that about Tiger Woods. People wouldn’t know who Brandel Chamblee was if it wasn’t for Tiger Woods, so I am completely against what he said and I think he should be dealt with in the right way,” he added.
First of all, Chamblee does have the authority, Rory. That came when the Golf Channel and Golf.com asked him to offer his opinions and, quite frankly, people would know who Chamblee is, based on his own merits, without Tiger.
Agreed though, Chamblee does seem to be extra critical of Woods. Disagreeing with Chamblee is fine, but define if you will Rory, what you mean by “dealt with in the right way.”
All McIlroy has done is continue the string of insinuations, innuendos and hints that have characterized this whole controversy. Whether it’s the media or the people involved or both, it’s more about reading between the lines than it is anything of substance.
If McIlroy means that Chamblee should be fired, it would mean a loss of credibility for the Golf Channel.
Tiger has hinted, with emphasis on the word “hinted,” that he might boycott the Golf Channel if something isn’t done, at least that’s the popular interpretation, but so what? Sure, Woods moves the needle as people like to say, but rarely does he offer any insight in his interviews.
His agent Mark Steinberg threatened legal action, but nothing has come of that so far about Chamblee’s comments on Golf.com that Woods was “cavalier with the rules,” in well-publicized incidents earlier this year.
Where Chamblee really touched off the controversy was comparing those incidents to when he got caught cheating on a school test and was marked down from 100 to an F, which is the grade he gave to Woods’ 2013 season, despite five wins.
Chamblee admits he crossed a line using the school parallel, which muddies what he meant with the original statement. Was he accusing Woods or cheating or not? Apparently not. He says it wasn’t his intention to imply that.
Woods himself has said it’s time to move on from this whole mess and he’s right. The whole matter seems trivial.
The only thing that it proves in the eye of the public is that even golf’s juicy controversies are boring.