Was it a sexist post or was it an overreaction on the PGA’s part? On Friday, Ted Bishop was removed as president of the PGA of America for comments made on social media directed at British Golfer Ian Poulter. Bishop reportedly took exception to comments Poulter made in his book about Nick Faldo and Tom Watson, who served as Ryder Cup captains in 2008 and 2014 respectively. Poulter posted on Facebook, “Really? Sounds like a little school girl squealing during recess. C’MON MAN!” He also issued a Tweet calling Poulter a “Lil Girl.”
The PGA board voted to remove Bishop from his post, the first time this has happened in the organization’s history. Bishop did apologize to his two daughters for his comments, as well as “anyone else I might have offended.”
In Poulter’s book, he questioned some of Watson’s decision making during the most recent Ryder Cup, and also disagreed with Faldo’s comments that golfer Sergio Garcia was useless. Bishop’s comments included a comparison of Watson’s and Faldo’s records to Poulter’s.
The PGA board said the comments were not consistent with its policies. References like “crying like a schoolgirl” or “crying like a four year old that skinned his/her knee” have been around for a long time. Let’s face it. Both boys and girls at very young ages cry and through tantrums, some more than others. Are comments like that truly sexist? Would they be considered sexist had Bishop called Poulter a “baby boy?”
Although being fired is pretty harsh, Christian Broda thought the decision was justified. I’d have to agree with him. Not impressed with Bishop on this one. Not at all.