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"He got upset, and his eyes were a little odd"

Dave Shedloski adds these unflattering details of Jim Gray's Thursday meltdown.

Gray confronted Pavin immediately following the press conference and not only angrily wagged a finger in the captain's face, but also put his hand in the face of Pavin's wife, Lisa. Pavin grabbed Gray's wrist and moved it away. Said Pavin: "He got upset, and his eyes were a little odd, and he put his hand in front of my wife, Lisa, and I just took his hand and moved it away and said, 'That's my wife. You keep your hand away from her.' He got a little crazy."

Pavin stood his ground mostly with his arms crossed as the two men stood nose to nose for nearly five minutes before Gray left the media center. Pavin met with about a dozen reporters after a cooling off period in the PGA of America reception area, and he tried to further clarify his exchange with Gray and how his words might have been misconstrued.

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Reader Comments (10)

Jim Gray is an idiot. Always has been and always will be. In an off air moment Pavin probably showed a little friendship to Gray and did suggest that Woods will be on the Ryder Cup. Everybody knows Tiger is going to be on the team. Gray takes the exchange and runs with it as a scoop. So Pavin, just says Gray didn't quote him right. Nobody else knows, so Gray is all upset as he makes a fool of himself and is making "The Golf Channel" look very stupid. Hopefully, they can him and he goes away forever. We need real journalism in Golf, not this soap opera stuff.
08.11.2010 | Unregistered CommenterKen Barley
I agree with Ken. Jim Gray looks like a buffoon in all this. His reports from Whistling Straits the rest of the day had a tinge of "still steaming" and, as somebody pointed out yesterday, he seems to have altered the gist of Pavin's comments to him. Golf Channel should yank him immediately.
08.12.2010 | Unregistered CommenterLip Out
Sounds like Grey was reaching for a story and got carried away.
08.12.2010 | Unregistered CommenterBuffett
I believe Brandel Chamblee's double cowlicks are more dramatic than normal this week and this has me intensely pondering why and how. Steve Sands said something about Tim Rosaforte, down there at the end of the anchor desk, as being particularly attractive today. Tim Rosaforte is shiny and slick bald, I believe, and wears shocking eyeglass frames. The JetBlue stewardess was found by police in bed with his boyfriend. Jim Gray looks like a child molester. It's all coming together this week.
Finger-wagging and putting a hand in the wife's face?

Wouldn't have happened if we had picked a proper Southern Captain . . . like Daly.
08.12.2010 | Unregistered CommenterLudell Hogwaller
Somewhere Pete Rose is smiling
I will bet my hyphen that Jim Gray, within a year, will be the first television sports reporter to have been kicked in the noots by the wife or girlfriend of a professional athlete. If I was a photographer ... still or television ... I'd have my lens trained on this creeper full time.
Jim Gray continues to operate under the mistaken assumption that anybody cares about his vaunted journalistic integrity. He's a talking head sports reporter, he's not covering the war in Iraq for Chrissakes. Jim, you're just not that important and neither is the fact that Pavin is trying to double talk around this sensitive issue.
08.12.2010 | Unregistered Commentertlavin
We need to get Lisa Pavin to release her cell phone video/recording of this great confrontation - ala Mel Gibson rants so we can see Jim Gray at his finest!
08.12.2010 | Unregistered Commenterdave
I think Jim told the truth, and he has reason to be annoyed with Corey - unless Pavin specifically told him his comment was off the record. That said, Gray is an idiot for confronting Pavin as he did. The whole incident makes Pavin look sloppy and Gray look childish.

Right from the start, Pavin should have told all reporters the same thing, "Out of respect for the team, I really don't want to speculate about my captain's picks."
08.12.2010 | Unregistered CommenterCBell

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