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Sunday
Nov062011

Statement From Adam Scott Re: Stevie

Issued by the Australian Open folks:

STATEMENT FROM ADAM SCOTT

I take this opportunity to address the comments that were made by my caddy, Steve Williams, at the Annual Caddy Awards Dinner this week in Shanghai, and the subsequent media reporting.


I want it made very clear that I do not support nor condone racism. I believe there is absolutely no room for racial discrimination in any walk of life, including the game of golf.


I have discussed this matter directly with Steve and he understands and supports my view on this subject. I also accept Steve's apology, knowing that he meant no racial slur with his comments.


On behalf of my team, I apologize personally to everyone that was offended by the reported comments. Please accept this apology so we can all move on.


I now consider the matter closed. I will not be making any further comment.

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"I will not be making any further comment."

But I will be asked another 876 questions
11.6.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMatt
Also, Huggan and Elling will need to devote 18 hours for their pond scrum on this given their pontificating comments on twitter about this matter.
11.6.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMatt
Apparently Adam believes Steve gives him a boost he needs to win more. Bottom-line it is in his self interest to go with him. After all it is all about winning and using whatever is available to help you win.
Bottom-line it is in Adams best interest with regard for winning to stick with Steve. He must believe Steve will help him reach the next level. It is all about winning.
My opinion is that Adam feels guilty that Stevie got fired by Tiger due to moonlighting with Adam. So he feels he owes him one.

Btw, as far as @S&T's idea that somehow Tiger could force Adam to fire Stevie - how exactly would he do that ? Demand that Adam can him? Threaten legal action? Even if he sues Stevie for defamation or something, that doesn't mean he has to be fired. Maybe when Tiger was the top dog could he make that happen, I don't see it now as he sits at #58 in he world, and still on the heels of his own disgraceful behavior.
11.7.2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
I've always admired Adam's game, his swing and how he conducts himself on the world stage of golf but I am very disappointed that he will continue to employ Steve Williams. Adam--this was a no brainer , a straight in 2 footer. You have the opportunity to do the right thing and make a statement that this smell, this stench will not be allowed to exist in the game. Don't turn a blind eye to this opportunity. You have a responsibility here that you just can't ignore and move on like it never happened.

It angers me that Williams is going to get away with this. Very disappointed, Adam.
11.7.2011 | Unregistered Commenterpete blaisdell
This is still not Adam's decision to make, and it is far from over, Tiger can say he is wounded and offended and force Adam to fire him.

Has there ever been a caddie in history that was a bigger distraction to their player that Stevie is to Adam?
@Krug - I guess I am trying to understand how "discrimination exists and is tolerated at every level" in golf? Some private clubs surely discriminate in terms of membership, and I am sure that one of the factors (among many) that disqualifies people is their color. Other factors I am sure are religion, appearance, income, wealth, gender, ect. So private clubs discriminate.

But that isn't "every level" or really even any "level". There are youth programs at public and (non discriminating) private clubs that do no discriminate. High School golf teams are not reported to discriminate based on color - I'm sure that low income high schools may have problems in some cases fielding a team, but the same is true for swimming, gymnastics, lacrosse, or other sports - they are expensive to operate and maintain, and in many cases, they get cut. I don't see that as "discrimination". Same is true for college golf. The Junior Golf programs out there have not been cited by anyone as racially discriminatory. So then we get to the Pro Ranks. I see how the results - 2 African Americans on Tour in 2011 are not what would be hoped for, but where is the "discrimination". Are golfers being denied admission to Q School based on color ? Does the Nationwide Tour restrict entry based on color ? Do any of the PGA Tour Monday qualifiers restrict entries based on color ? The answer is no to all of those. The problem such as it is, is one of encouragement and maybe of making special efforts to attract minorities that might otherwise stay away, but I am sorry, I don't see that as the same as discrimination.
11.7.2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
wow..the player taking one for the caddie....
11.7.2011 | Unregistered Commenterchicago pt
Pete Blaisdell? Who the hell is Pete Blaisdell? I'm sure Scotty will persist and perhaps even thrive despite the opprobrium of Pete Blaisdell and the crushing weight of his disappointment.
This is a significant test for the international golf media. How long will Adam Scott be allowed to stonewall before givthey give up and asking the oh so pertinent questions about what club he hit into the 13 green.
11.7.2011 | Unregistered CommenterTwoNuse
stevie's a dick and no mistake, but he also has good reason to be mad a tiger. the more i think about this, the less egregious the comment begins to seem. tactless? yes. not in keeping with the spirit of the game? yes. but also entirely understandable.

it's a little disorienting to find myself taking up for williams, but there it is.
11.7.2011 | Unregistered Commenterthusgone
Neither Steve nor Adam see to "get it". Steve brought race in, the comments crossed a line. Even Norman in sticking up for Steve (shock) said the comments were stupid. Yet, neither Adam nor Steve has said they were sorry for or condemned the comments. They're pissed the comments got out, and irritated that people are making a big deal out if it, period.

Oh and Adam if you wanted the matter to be over, you make Steve go away for at least the next few weeks. You have chosen not to do anything, ergo it will continue to be a story.
11.7.2011 | Unregistered Commenterelf
Ok, I am now officially bored with this story. Silly season started early this year.
11.7.2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe O
His remark WAS not racist.....only a boob would think so.....now...the idiots on the morning drive need to be thrown off the air....my god man BLACK is not a racial slur

With that being said Stevie is an idiot :)
11.7.2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarl Spachler
All this huffing and puffing is hypocritical. Golf is the only sport where discrimination exists and is tolerated at all levels.
11.7.2011 | Unregistered CommenterKrug
Steve DID apologise to Tiger, directly, on his website, and to anyone else who was offended. How do you define apology?
11.7.2011 | Unregistered CommenterKCMG
@thugsone, what is the 'good reason to be mad a tiger' five months after the end of their professional relationship? Even after Williams has moved on to a new bag that brought him the most satisfying win in his career? At what point does he move on?
11.7.2011 | Unregistered CommenterTwoNuse
What if Stevie had was talking about a jewish person and said, "Jewish a______"? Would that have been considered racist? Think about it.
11.7.2011 | Unregistered CommenterHalfRight
one of the commenters here (I think) pointed out that they had seen/heard tiger/stevie talking like this to each other all the time....

If tiger had responded to something stevie had said with 'steve can kick my black arsehole' would that mean tiger is a racist ???!!!!
11.7.2011 | Unregistered Commenterlongirons
I'm trully sorry, but if you are a friend of mine, an employee of mine does/says something and I feel that I must apologize for it, then that is too much and that employee/friend has to go!
11.7.2011 | Unregistered CommenterLoveOfTheGame
Nothing like a bunch of white guys deciding what is racist. May has well have a group of men discuss menstural cramps.
Pete Blaisdell, as evidenced by his lack of a "clever" on-line pseudonym, is the smartest guy in this room.
11.7.2011 | Unregistered Commenterjeff
Fuzzygate had staying power.

I get a sense that this one will have difficulty surviving the news cycle. (the golfing news cycle that is).

Sort of like the Herman Cain allegations. I am sure there is a story behind that, but it is being consumed by other noise.

But, Williams certainly still needs to do more to show contrition to others beyond Woods were were hurt/saddened by the comments. For him to accept Scott's claim that the matter is "closed" would be wrong.

Maybe the story will pop up again when Williams returns to the US to caddie (it will be a media frenzy in the Australian press which tends to be a little tabloid-ish, but internationally, the story hardly resonates at all - American history and its race relations has virtually zero impact in the rest of the world).
11.7.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarky Mark
"A good tour caddie is worth at least a shot a round to me. Try that on the money list and see what happens--he can pay for himself several times over. He can be the difference between winning and losing".

-- Dave Hill --

“He’s just come through a tough time with his game. It looks like he’s got that hunger back, and he’s got the best caddie in the world on his bag. I’d just like to see them blossom.”

-- Ernie Els --

If a "good tour caddie" is worth 4 shots per tourney, what is "the best caddie in the world" worth?

Gotta be more than 4 shots, right?
11.7.2011 | Unregistered CommenterDel the Funk
Fritz
OPPROBRIUM, I have to admit that I had to look it up. Everyone should make the effort to learn a new word every day. Keeps the mind sharp.Appreciate the contribution.
11.7.2011 | Unregistered Commenterpete blaisdell
TW could have bailed Williams out by stating that he and Williams razzed each other with this kind of ''namecalling'' all the time. I mean if 'black'' is now the offensive word, then what do our people of color find an acceptable word?

In the mid 1970s, I had a black roommate (oh shit, I said ''black'') and we called each other all kinds of things; however by his silence and his agents statement, TW made it clear that he not only wants to stick a knife in Williams, he wants to twist it around really good.

The Golf Channel has done everything but have an hour special on this: damn I thouhgt the ---- blank blank word was the ffensive on for a day or 2, not 'black''. Wow; some awdully oversensative people out there.

BTW, I dont like Williams at all, but fair is fair, and he is being tarred and feathered for a poor decision on his audience, and his ability to speak too personally.
11.7.2011 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
"Nothing like a bunch of white guys deciding what is racist."

Sums it up nicely. Some people on this board should think before they type.

It's racist. Hugely so. There isn't even a discussion about this.
11.7.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSatch
Shocked at Norman and Scott being supportive of a clearly inaappropriate (if not racist remark)?

Not me. I have found many Australians to be racists, moreso than Canadians, Americans, and Europeans.

They hunted their own native people until the 1970's, and although now illegal, non-caucasians in Australia still face discrimination that is the worst I am aware of in a developed nation.
11.7.2011 | Unregistered CommenterTbone
@Half Right--- What if, utilizing your same prospective target, he said "I'd like to punch him right in that big beak...", and that happened to be an accurate description? Think about that, Jack Handey.
You have to take into account when Dave Hill made that comment. How many very good caddies were out there in those days? Numerous events supplied the caddies by lottery. Four shots seems like a lot today, not saying it 0 but 4 is a lot at that level.
11.7.2011 | Unregistered CommenterPABOY
;TW could have bailed Williams out by stating that he and Williams razzed each other with this kind of ''namecalling'' all the time.'

@digsouth, why exactly would or should he? Williams has been the one on the 'I have no respect for that man' tour he was on before his latest remarks.

'I mean if 'black'' is now the offensive word, then what do our people of color find an acceptable word?'

I can't speak for all people of color, but arsehole isn't on the list of acceptable words.

'In the mid 1970s, I had a black roommate (oh shit, I said ''black'') and we called each other all kinds of things'

Bully for you. I assume you had permission to call your roommate all kind of things after living with him for a while. I assume you don't do a David Duke impersonation for black people you have no relationship with, or black people who have fallen out of favor for you.

'BTW, I dont like Williams at all, but fair is fair, and he is being tarred and feathered for a poor decision on his audience, and his ability to speak too personally. '

How is he being tarred and feathered? Has he lost his job, even for a week? If negative public opinion for something he said (I assume) into a microphone is tarred and feathered, you and I are living on two different spheres of reality. Some 'poor decisions' should have consequences.
11.7.2011 | Unregistered CommenterTwoNuse
this discussion is bordering on the absurd, what if he said ....... Instead of black? Who cares.

My best golfing partner is Jewish, we joke about his conforming to stereotypes all the time. but it is kept private between us. He knows I am not a anti Semite, however if I said some of this stuff in public setting, I would be in deep doo doo. I have a feeling Tiger and Stevie said crap like this alll the time to each other and Stevie let it rip in public. Steve is a dumb guy.
11.7.2011 | Unregistered CommenterA3
Really....if you listen to the radio show link.....as Stevie himself said .....no one in the room overracted....they do not like him.....and this was a "caddie only" awards dinner......Jesus wept....cut the guy a break
11.7.2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarl Spachler
This blog is so polarising - one week it's Webb Simpson & wife being criticised for being holier than though - a week on, and a one liner is being used as proof that Stevie is a racist.

Have some perspective - I hope that all of you calling Stevie out are standing outside your glass houses - for a sure as crap is found in a fowlhouse, you've all said something innappropriate - be it about race, sex, religion etc at some stage.

If you find Saturday's Sydney Morning Herald still online, an article by Peter Stone relates a Mr T. Woods telling a joke that plays on race and sex - and even though it was told by him 15 years ago, I'm sure he's told the odd one since.

Tbone - you offer a statement about Australians and their racist tendencies. Back it up with facts man - especially the one about hunting their native people until the 1970s.

Stevies a boofhead and a fool. Tiger's no better than him.
11.7.2011 | Unregistered CommenterAustralian
So a drunk caddie says something offensive-wow- I bet that's never happened before!
No way is all this fuss about racism-it is everything to do with him being monumentally unpopular-and not without reason.
If Scott wants to keep him on then he's got to know he's going to come in for a lot of stick in the coming weeks-his decision.
I'm English living in Scotland and am often referred to as that fat(true) English bastard-never lost any sleep over it so far!
11.7.2011 | Unregistered Commenterchico
@dicknose: tiger fired him on some ticky-tack chickensh!t pretext after a 13-some year run. That's why.

@jim & satch: everybody has a race, even "white guys." and if people didn't stop to try to figure out what is and what is not racist, how could they keep from saying things that could be interpreted as rcist. you might want to take a look at your own racial attitudes.
11.7.2011 | Unregistered Commenterthusgone
Hey chico, you fat English bastard, keep your damn opinions to yourself!

When Adam first employed Steve I repeatedly asked the question "is this a negative reflection on Adam". It was somewhat rhetorical in nature because personally I don't have any gripe with Steve Williams, but clearly a LOT of people did at the time.

At the time, nobody seemed to think the hire was an issue for Adam. Well that's certainly changed!

Not quite sure what my point was.

Adam, good onya, stick to your guns.
11.7.2011 | Unregistered CommenterDel the Funk
Thanks Del!
11.7.2011 | Unregistered Commenterchico
chico, did you know Alister Nicol? Would be interesting to have been able to get his opinion.
11.7.2011 | Unregistered CommenterDel the Funk
Knew him-but not well enough to give you his opinion Del.
11.7.2011 | Unregistered Commenterchico

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