When you watch the video of this morning’s Golf Channel interview with the ex-president of the PGA of America Ted Bishop, you’ll be impressed. He’s a good man who made a bad mistake by tweeting that Ian Poulter is a “Lil girl” for criticizing Nick Faldo. This was after Faldo criticized Sergio Garcia for poor play in the 2008 Ryder Cup — the one of two Ryder Cups the Europeans have lost in the last 10 matches and the Ryder Cup that featured Faldo as captain of the Euros.
In the video, Bishop is eager to explain how things reached such a boiling point. He’s not guarded or choosing his words carefully. He’s showing up and telling the truth. Why he decided to go social media with his feelings about Poulter, who knows? C’mon, man, just step outside and bay to the moon! But he did. (BTW, don’t blame Twitter for exposing bias and arrogance.) Give Bishop credit for apologizing and taking ownership for a mistake that he says will wash down the drain all the good he has done as a president and as a father of two girls.
"Of all things he could have said, why did he say that?"
That wash-down-the-drain stuff is Bishop’s shame talking, which is understandable. He can get out of his shame hole by taking action for the good. In this case, Bishop first should get to the root of his “Lil girl” comment. Of all things he could have said, why did he say that? He should dig deep for this answer, and then he should use the rest of his days to advocate for women in sports and in the workplace, for that matter. This could be a teaching moment for all of us, and Bishop has the right stuff to make some good come out of his bad.
As far as talk that the PGA of American went too far — that the punishment did not fit Bishop’s crime — nonsense. He’s now in a long line of office holders and public figures who’ve made comments that have pulled them down. That’s part of the territory of being in the public eye, which is good. Finally, after centuries of letting this kind of remark pass with a wink and a shrug as just an offhand comment or the alcohol talking or whatever, we as a society have reached a point where we won’t tolerate such talk as just a lil thing.