Jim Nantz Takes Shots at Tiger
“He used the Lord’s name in vain . . . If I said what he said on the air, I would be fired. Okay? It’s interesting. I read in USA TODAY and it was called ‘mild language.’ Someone on my broadcast dismissed it as nothing other than the fact he had a camera in his face. Well, guess what? Phil Mickelson had a camera in his face all week and did you ever hear him even come close to saying something like that?”…He promised he wasn’t going to do this anymore . . . I’m not saying my language is perfect. I try my best to act with honor, we all do . . . It used to be far worse. I’ll give him that. If he’s really going to try I salute him for that but it was just a bit jarring to hear that, five minutes into the broadcast”…It was disappointing to see the broadcast open up on Saturday that way, and I didn’t take it as mild . . . If I ever uttered those same words I would like the guy to write that’s mild language for me, because I would be fired.”
Interesting. I agree with most of what Nantz said. Tiger went directly against his promise to keep his cool on the course and tone down his language, but he’s in a completely different situation than Nantz is. While Nantz is paid to watch his language, Tiger isn’t. He’s there to play golf and win. I don’t like the way Tiger has handled things lately, but the “I would be fired” comment doesn’t resonate with me. Interesting words nonetheless from CBS Sports’ go-to golf broadcaster. I guess he’s not getting any one-on-one’s with Tiger anytime soon.