Patrick Reed apologizes for homophobic outburst, asks Bubba Watson for help (video)
Patrick Reed issued a formal apology for using a profane outburst that included a homophobic slur during the first round of the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai earlier this week.
Golf Channel coverage of the tournament captured Reed muttering, “Nice f–king three-putt, you f–king f—-t” after missing a par putt on the 10th hole.
Reed owned up to the egregious transgression and unfortunate choice of words on Twitter.
I'm sorry for using offensive language today in China. My passion to play well got the best of me and my word choice was unacceptable.
— Patrick Reed (@PReedGolf) November 6, 2014
Reed not only apologized for his actions but also sought out the guidance of someone who has been known to let his emotions get the best of him on the golf course, a person who knows all about having no choice but to apologize for unsavory conduct.
The 36-year-old lefty told reporters that Reed contacted him the evening after his insensitive and embarrassing outburst for advice on how to best make amends and right wrongs.
“He came to me last night and said, ‘Hey, I did something bad,’” Watson told the media on Thursday.
“I said, ‘What did you do?’ So he showed me the clip on his phone,” he added. “I said, ‘Yeah, that’s not good. That’s not good, man.’”
Watson addressed his own proclivity for boorish behavior earlier this week, noting that true change and self-improvement occurs most easily when someone, whether it be the media, friends — or in Bubba’s case, his own mother — calls you out (via ASAP Sports):
“When I make mistakes, when your friends call you out, when the media calls you out, when my wife calls me out, when my mom calls me out; when these people call you out and tell you you’re doing something wrong, it’s not to punish you or get on to you. It’s about to help you improve later in life.
“So any time there’s bad press where I show anger on a golf course, the media that calls me out and says something about it, that’s the only way I’m going to improve. If everybody said I was great all the time, then I would never improve as a human being.
“So I love it, I love that the media calls me out. I love when my friends call me out. My mom calls me out a lot, and I do love it. So that’s the only way I’m going to get better as a person.”
In the grand scheme of things, so long as Reed owns up to his mistake, he will likely be forgiven for the temporary loss of his composure and the entire incident soon will be forgotten. So long as he doesn’t make this kind of a thing a habit.
That’s something he can discuss with Bubba, as he knows a little bit about being something of a repeat offender in the on-the-course faux pas department.
[H/T SB Nation, photo credit: Jared Wickerham]