What was the ego issue? All I can see is that he argued with his editor about including his high school cheating allegory.
[...]I don't believe The Golf Channel can force him to do it without threatening to fire him over it if he doesn't. I don't believe he is obligated to.
It is an interesting situation indeed. I'm not in the camp that believes something should necessarily be done about him from a legal perspective. But if they truly feel a lawsuit is imminent, they may feel like their hand is forced.
There is more chance of an hour long BC/TW hot tub interview than there is of Tiger suing the Golf Channel over this.
Well - people are beating on BC for apologising, so that's a no-win situation too. Strictly speaking - he's been consistent. He clearly thinks, and has been pretty clear in everything he's said that I've read, that on balance he thinks Tiger has probably cheated.
If you think BC had no reasonable justification for his comments, then yeah, fire on into him. But there's no rule that "fair comment" needs 100% certainty. I agree that "cheating" has a particular resonance in the golf world, but that doesn't change the rules of journalism.