Jim Nantz Hammering On Tiger Woods Is Like The Pot Calling The Kettle Calibasian
Jim Nantz absolutely unloaded on Tiger Woods yesterfday for his behavior during the Masters over the weekend, when microphones picked up Tiger using salty language more than once. In an interview with WFAN’s Mike Francesca, the CBS lead announcer state that if he had said what Tiger was caught saying, he would “be fired.” While true, I question the point and relevance of that statement, since Tiger isn’t employed by CBS so I don’t necessarily see how anyone could technically “fire” Tiger for his antics.
Nantz didn’t stop there, he eschewed his smarmy “Hello, friends” demeanor and unleashed an onslaught of shame on you’s upon Woods. Via FanHouse:
“Guess what? Phil Mickelson had a camera in his face all weekend,” said Nantz. “Did you ever hear him come close to approaching that? He didn’t hit every shot exactly the way he wanted. Have you ever heard Arnold Palmer or Jack Nicklaus use that kind of language?”
“I can’t say anything I want when I’m on a live broadcast,” said Nantz. “Tiger’s not the only guy who’s got a camera in his face all day long. But he is the only one in the field who said he wasn’t going to do that any more.”
The normally placid Nantz allowed his voice to rise during a four-minute segment of his chat with Francesa as he chastised Woods for uttering vulgarities within the hearing of the gallery.
“Moreover, how about the father and son who are standing right there by the tee?” said Nantz. “How about the hundreds of people who are around that tee who hear that? How about the hundreds of letters I’ve gotten through the years from people who have been outraged at the language they’ve heard there and have written me and said, ‘Why don’t you guys ever say something about that?’ “
I do not mean to belabor the point, but why is Nantz so upset by the fact that he is not allowed to talk like Tiger while broadcasting? Is it just me, or does anyone else get the impression that Nantz secretly craves to drop a bunch of F-bombs while on the air?
Further, although Nantz never mentions Tiger’s infidelity, his crusade against Tiger smacks of guilt-ridden passive-aggressiveness, given Nantz was once caught with his hand in the proverbial cookie jar. Nantz admitted during his divorce trial that he had been carrying on a relationship with a 29-year-old woman prior to the commencement of the divorce proceeding. There is no better way for a person to distance themselves from shameless acts they have previously committed than by condemning the untoward behavior of another person caught doing the same thing.
Somewhat well played by Nantz, but everyone knows what kind of crap he is trying to pull here, and no one should bother buying this load of sanctimonious bullshit.
CBS’ Jim Nantz Chastises Tiger for Behavior at Augusta [FanHouse]
Jim Nantz Tears Up in Court During Divorce Trial, Reveals He Has a 29-year-old Girlfriend [The Big Lead]
(previously at the Sportress: Jim Nantz Is Wondering If Anyone Would Like To Marry His Ex-Wife – Like Today)