Kelly Tilghman's comments on Tiger Woods landed her in controversy

By Brooklyn Taylor


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Successful, her career might have been but it has not always controversy. Kelly Tilghman came up against a serious controversy in 2008 when she added “Lynch him in a back alley” to co-host Nick Faldo’s comments “To take Tiger on, well yeah, they should just gang up for a while until..”

Her comment caught the attention of media and several other personals including American Civil Right activist AL Sharpton who said “Lynching is not murder in general. It is a specific racial term that this woman should be held accountable for.  What she said is racist. Whether she is a racist—whether she runs around at nights making racist statements- is immaterial”. Additionally, several media outlet’s along with Sharpton demanded that Kelly should be fired. 

Reacting to the incident, The Golf Channel released a statement which read “While we believe that Kelly’s choice of words was inadvertent and that she did not intend them in an offensive manner, the words were hurtful and grossly inappropriate. Consequently, we have decided to suspend Kelly for two weeks, effective immediately”. 

Kelly and Tiger settled the misunderstanding and currently are good friends to each other. Kelly remains thankful for the public for proving her with the second chance in her career and thankful for the incident for teaching her a lesson “Intent doesn’t always equals outcome”.