Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Golfing Analyst under Fire

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Golfing Analyst under Fire

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CBS golf analyst Ben Wright was taken off Friday's TV coverage of the LPGA Championship and summoned to New York by the network after a newspaper quoted him as saying that lesbians hurt the sport and that "boobs" were a handicap to women golfers.

Wright de nied having made the comments and received swift support from CBS.

Wright met for nearly 2 1/2 hours with CBS executives Friday evening, and afterward they decided not to take any action against him, The New York Times reported. The network placed him back onto coverage of the LPGA tournament today and Sunday at the DuPont Country Club in Wilmington, Del.

Wright made no public comments about the remarks published in The (Wilmington) News Journal on Friday. But he sent a message to the players denying the statements and expressing support for the women's tour.

The newspaper quoted Wright as saying, "Let's face facts here. Lesbians in the sport hurts women's golf. When it gets to the corporate level, that's not going to fly. They're going to a butch game and that furthers the bad image of the game."

Wright also said anatomical differences put women on a different level from their male counterparts.

"Women are handicapped by having boobs," Wright said. "It's not easy for them to keep their left arm straight, and that's one of the tenets of the game. Their boobs get in the way."

In a statement posted in a locker room at the country club Friday, Wright wrote: "I am disgusted at the pack of lies and distortion that was attributed to me in the newspapers this morning."

He added: "It is regrettable that - The News Journal's dishonest tactics have resulted in this terrible, scandalous incident. As a result, I currently am exploring my legal options."

Jerry Buckley, The News Journal's assistant managing editor, said the newspaper stood by the story by Valerie Helmbreck, a features writer. He said that the interview was not tape recorded.

LPGA commissioner Charles S. Mechem Jr. said the tour would reserve comment until a news conference this morning. …

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