Golf Channel Pulls Jim Gray After Fight With PGA Caddie
The announcer was "removed" from the Northern Trust Open at the Riviera Country Club following a profanity-laced dust-up over a missed tee time.
Jim Gray has been pulled from the Golf Channel's coverage of the Northern Trust Open after a heated argument with one of the player's caddies.
USA Today quoted a network spokesperson saying that Gray had been "removed" from the event at the Riviera Country Club without specifying the incident.
But the incident in question was a dust-up Thursday with golfer Dustin Johnson's caddie, Bobby Brown, after Johnson took a two-stroke penalty for missing his tee time.
The caddie took the responsibility for the incident. Gray then asked Johnson about missing the tee time on air during the middle of a round -- causing Brown to engage Gray in a profanity-laced argument later.
"Our aim is to provide the best possible golf coverage for our viewers. Anything else is a disservice. In order not to provide further distraction, we've decided to remove Jim from this particular assignment," the Golf Channel spokesperson said.
Gray also landed in a heated discussion with Ryder Cup Captain Corey Pavin in August. The announcer also drew heavy criticism for his softball questions to LeBron James during the TV special, The Decision, in July.