Originally Posted by Chilli Dipper
There needs to be more transparency in the PGA Tour's actions toward member discipline; it's that simple. They're allowing this story to get out of their hands, and it does not reflect positively on their management at all.
How many corporations do you routinely see get themselves into a PR quagmire through lack of transperancy and failure to come clean? One lie leads to another etc
This is perfectly clear to me to be honest.
Dustin Johnson presents himself, and is also presetned by his sponsors, to the public, as being one type of regular role model kind of money making guy with fine upstanding personal values. Everyone is happy. However, Dustin ain't this kind of guy at all. The wheels fall off. The PGA doesn't want to admit that they're complicit in covering this up so have to say something, but as has been said already, it's nearer to the type of plea bargain associated with resign or be sacked
If Dustin really hasn't been suspended, why has his name been removed from the Ryder Cup standings? According to the PGA he's decided to take a break. Well he might feel better next week. What happens then if he turns round and says actually I've spoken to a few folk and they say the best thing I can do is throw myself into my golf 100% and I now want to take up my position on the Ryder Cup team as I'm entitled to by dint of having qualified. In other words, I'm reversing my own decision not to play.
There was a lovely quote in that article that someone linked which pretty well summed it up. It's all about managing an image, regardless of whether or not that image is phoney. I'm reminded of the words of Richard Nixon though.
Golf needn't be damaged by Dustin being a philandering drug addict. Hell, history is full of creative and colourful people with drug addictions (admittedly not that many in sport).
Good guy versus bad guy is a staple for drumming up interest in any sport. Boxing's traded off it for decades. The biggest period of interest in tennis coincided with bad guys with behavioural issues (who Nastase apart, were all American incidentally). It's not as if America can be that averse to the 'black hat'. I'm again half reminded of some comment John McEnroe is supposed to have made to Chris Evert
Anyone know who Amatole Montsho is incidentally? That's our lead sport story today. Dustin Johnson = No recognition