And you know this...how? What did he gain from it? He is already the network's lead analyst. Be careful what you wish for.
Brandel Chamblee is a very good golf analyst, probably the best one the Golf Channel trots out there. Does he have an ego? Yes. But that is part of why they hired him in the first place, for the fact that he is outsploken. But his positions are based on a lot of study and scrutiny and I have to believe that he truly feels what he said is true, he just picked the wrong way to go about it. Saying Tiger was "cavalier with the rules" would have been controversial enough, but his half-baked apologies makes it pretty clear that he thinks it was more than that. So be it, that's his job. What would you have him do? Suck up to the players like the rest of the golf media?
We'll see how this works out and if the Golf Channel bows to the Tiger camp on this. Steinberg says he is "done talking aobut it" but who believes that? And how much leverage do they really have? Tiger drives ratings and he can say he won't do interviews with them, but the Golf Channel is also NBC and both networks have deals with the PGA through 2021. PGA rules mandate that Tiger has to do media at Tour events and both the Golf Channel and NBC will have cameras and microphones at those media events, so they will get plenty of Tiger on their shows. It's not like the stuff he says when he is coming off the course are all that revealing. Tiger as a personality is pretty bland.
I don't expect the Golf Channel to shoot themselves in the foot over this, but who knows. Steinberg is a pretty persistent person, although legal action doesn't appear to be an option, not that he won't continue to threaten that behind closed doors.
BC and Miceli are the Howard Stern's of golf, they make their career at saying outrageous things (usually about Tiger) in order to get attention for themselves.